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O’Reilly calls for officials to meet with parents regarding school waiting lists in Swords

18 May, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Questioning the Minister for Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton during topical issues this week, Dublin Bay North TD Louise O’Reilly raised the issue of the escalating crisis in primary school places in the Swords area.

Deputy O’Reilly used a topical issue to challenge the Minister regarding the serious problem of lengthy primary school enrolment waiting lists in Dublin Bay North.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“It is hardly necessary for me to rehearse all of the issues again. We have had this discussion several times already. The Minister said he would monitor the situation as the schools completed their enrolment process in the coming weeks.

“Some two or three weeks ago, I spoke with a number of parents with children in the Holy Family national school at the moment whose siblings are waiting to attend. They have been in touch with me since to say they still have no clarity. It appears that the Minister is waiting for this situation to somehow magically resolve itself, but it is not going to.

“There is a need for action on the part of the Minister and the Department to deal with this on a proactive basis. It is not a case that will sort itself out once the waiting lists are cleared because there are children who are going to be left without places.”

Upon a non-committal reply from Minister Bruton to resolve the issue, Deputy O’Reilly responded:

“Therefore, I ask that the Minister and his officials meet the board of management to discuss with them every option that might be available, and meet directly with the parents so they can explain their concerns. I have met these people. They are very ordinary people. They are not people who would seek something outrageous from the Department of Education and Skills. They do not want anything other than the capacity to be able to have their children educated in their community, where they play sports and live, where their friends are and where their siblings go to school.” 

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