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O’Reilly stresses importance of promised extension to Lusk secondary school

1 July, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking in the Dáil, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly questioned the Minister for Education on Skills on the promised extension to Lusk secondary given the demography challenges and oversubscription to current schools in the North County.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“It is very clear that this school is expanding and it is not acceptable that students are being accommodated in prefabs. 

“Indeed, I was driving home only the other day when I passed yet another development in Lusk. That is good news and it is great that people are moving to north County Dublin, but, unfortunately, it will bring with it additional pressures on the school system. 

“When will we see the next phases of the school project commence? It is not acceptable that pupils are being accommodated in prefabs. This issue has been raised with me by a number of constituents. They want to know when the school will be built. They are not happy that their children are being accommodated in prefabs.

“Nobody will be surprised when I express disappointment with the Minister's response as it indicated that the project will be delayed even further while the Department awaits receipt of the stage 2b report.  There is a pressing need for the building project at the community school in Lusk to be completed.  This is an area of north County Dublin with a growing population where educational needs will only increase.  It is not acceptable that pupils are being accommodated in prefabricated buildings and do not have access to a school gymnasium.  

“The Minister's response does not give me anything of comfort which would allow me to convey to the people of Lusk that the project will proceed any time soon. It is not good enough to provide a ‘wait and see’ reply.  People in the area will see more children educated in prefabs, which are not the answer.  If the Department has money to spend on prefabricated accommodation, I respectfully suggest that it has money to fast-track this process.” ENDS

Note: The Minister’s response is attached

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