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Mary Lou McDonald secures meeting between Department of Education and Gaelscoil Bharra in Cabra

18 December, 2008

Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald today met with Dublin City Council officials and following a productive discussion secured a meeting between the Council, the Department of Education and Gaelscoil Bharra in Cabra to take place in January to discuss tackling the horrendous conditions of the school which is without proper sanitation, heating and is housed in run down over crowded prefabs.
Following the meeting Ms. McDonald whose daughter attends Gaelscoil Bharra said:
“My meeting today with Dublin City Council was productive. We have agreed that the Council, Department of Education and Gaelscoil Bharra will meet in January to discuss tackling once and for all the Dickensian conditions of the school.
“The decision by parents of the school to demonstrate outside Education Minister Batt O’Keeffes house was I have no doubt an effort to bring home to Mr. O’Keeffe just how bad the conditions of the school are. Parents and teachers have been campaigning for years now to get a proper school building with the necessary sanitation, heating and class sizes for this communities children.
“I am confident that Dublin City Council is fully committed to playing it’s part in resolving the “deplorable conditions” in which children are educated in. I believe the failures to date have been primarily the responsibility of the Department of Education.
The facts are that there been a systematic failure of this and successive governments to provide adequate school building funding and resources to this school.
“As a parent of a child attending this school and as a local representative I am appalled at the Dickensian conditions that exist.  That children have to bang hurls on the ground to scare off rodents and put up with third world sanitary facilities is a stark indictment of the government’s attitude to education.
“But this attitude will have to change. Families have a right to expect a decent education for their children. It is the government’s responsibility to deliver such an education.” ENDS

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