New site pro­posed for Swords school

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - By JOHN MAN­NING

WHILE a com­pe­ti­tion is un­der­way to see who will win pa­tron­age of a new school in south Swords, the lo­ca­tion of that school is still a mat­ter of de­bate.

It was al­ways un­der­stood that the school would be on lands in Foster­stown but with the de­vel­op­ment of those lands largely de­pen­den­dent on the ar­rival of Metrolink to Swords, and the school due to open in Septem­ber, an in­terim home is be­ing sought for the school

Swords coun­cil­lors have grown in­creas­ingly con­c­n­erned that the sites be­ing con­sid­ered for the new school would not be con­venined for fam­i­lies liv­ing in the south of Swords and could be as far away as Dry­nam or Kin­sealy.

Those con­cerns were dis­cussed at an area com­mit­tee meet­ing be­fore Christ­mas where Swords coun­cil­lors were united in their view there had to be a way of sit­ing the school on or near the Foster­stown lands.

How­ever, since that meet­ing an­other pos­si­ble tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion for the new school is emerg­ing.

The new lo­ca­tion be­ing con­sid­ered is un­der­stood to be at the Na­tional Show Cen­tre, which on the face of it would bet­ter serve the pop­u­la­tion in south Swords in­clud­ing those liv­ing in Ridge­wood and Boroimhe and River Val­ley.

Cllr Dar­ragh But­ler (FF) re­cently in­formed his con­stituents of the pro­posal.

He said the pri­mary school for Swords sout is ‘be­ing pro­posed frist of all at a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion at the Na­tional Show Cen­tre, with a per­ma­nent site to be de­vel­oped on the For­est Road, ide­ally the Foster­stown lands which is the land be­tween Boroimhe and Swords on the Boroimbe side of the For­est Road.’

Cllr But­ler said: ‘Along with the other Coun­cil­lors, we have been work­ing to en­sure that the per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion for this new school will be on the For­est Road, in or­der to help al­le­vi­ate the mas­sive de­mand on Holy Fam­ily, which will be over-sub­scribed once again this year.

‘Whilst it is not ideal that we start off with a tem­po­rary site, I be­lieve that this is best we could have hoped for in the short-term, that the school opens on this tem­po­rary site this com­ing Septem­ber and we then con­tinue the bat­tle to have this school moved to the Foster­stown Lands on the For­est Road as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘This is the only way I can see us suc­cess­fully al­le­vi­at­ing the on-go­ing de­mand on Holy Fam­ily year af­ter year.’

Holy Fam­ily NS in River Val­ley now has an an­nual is­sue ac­com­mo­dat­ing the de­mand on it from a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in this area of Swords.

It is over-sub­scribed ev­ery year and the prob­lem shows no sign of slow­ing down.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lors have crit­i­cised the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion for its re­sponse to the prob­lem and have tried to im­press upon the depart­ment that school places avail­able else­where in Swords will not help ad­dress the prob­lems in the south of Swords.

Cllr Dar­ragh But­ler (FF)

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