Sinn Féin’s Ballyfermot Councillor Daithí Doolan has urged the Catholic Archdiocese to take the opportunity at today’s Dáil education committee to clarify the future of Ballyfermot’s schools.
Speaking ahead of today’s committee meeting. Cllr Doolan said:
“The Catholic Archdiocese has indicated that they intend to close schools in Ballyfermot in September 2015. This happens without any engagement with parents, staff or pupils. To date the Arch Bishop has said they were invited in by religious orders to reorganise four schools in Ballyfermot, St Gabriel’s, St Raphael’s, St Michael's and De La Salle.
“This was disputed yesterday in a statement from the De La Salle Trustees who claim that the schools in Ballyfermot are, ‘being reorganised by the Patron’ which is the Arch Diocese itself. The whole process of amalgamation has been shrouded in mystery.
“I would urge the Archdiocese to take the opportunity today and clarify why they have refused to consult with parents, why they intend to close down state of the art schools and what they intend to do with all this land.
“If the Catholic Church wishes to withdraw from education that is a decision for them. But then they should hand the school buildings and land over to the state and allow the children of Ballyfermot continue to receive a high standard of education in the best environment possible."