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Extra funding for school building projects in Swords welcome- Cllr Philip Lynam

8 January, 2015

Local Sinn Féin councillor Philip Lynam has welcomed the recent announcement from Department of Education and Skills confirming that a number of school building projects will commence within the next twelve months in North County Dublin. 

 Speaking today Cllr Lynam said:

“Any increase in funding towards the expansion and development of our children’s schools is to be welcomed. However I was disappointed to note that Holy Family primary school in Swords would not benefit this time around.

I put a question to the Department of Education and Skills back in May on the issue of Holy Family. I sought funding for an additional junior infants teacher to cater for growing demand due to the ongoing increase in class sizes. The increased demand for places has resulted in parents having to go elsewhere for their other children starting school which splits up the catchment area. It is tough on the parents who find it difficult to bring their children to different schools which both have 9am starts.

The response from the Education Minister at the time alleviated the problem temporarily however parents will be facing this problem year after year as class sizes swell. Holy Family is in desperate need of an extension and needs a permanent solution to its class size problem.”

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