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Doolan - Inner City school leads by example

3 June, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has praised, "the excellent showing of CBS Wesland Row in having above the national average pupil attendance rate for this year. With an attendance rate of 92.5% it is 1% above the national average."

Speaking today at the school's award ceremony in Pearse Street, Cllr. Doolan said:

"CBS is a great example of how inner city schools can lead the way in education. Only 5 years ago 9% of students went on to third level education here, now it at a staggering 90%. This is due to the efforts made by staff, parents and pupils. The school is linked in with after schools projects in Trinity College Dublin & Dublin Institute of Technology, both playing a key role in encouraging pupils to go on to third level education."

Today's award ceremony is a further indication of how this historic school continues to lead the way in education. Indeed, CBS Westland Row has assured itself a place in Irish history with past pupils including Padraig Pearse and his brother Willie. Both leaders in the 1916 Rising were born and educated here in Pearse Street."

Looking to the future, Cllr Doolan said:

'The challenge for us is to ensure that this school has a future. Education now as back in the Pearse's time is the key to a good and fruitful future. The school itself is in need of renovations and repair yet the government continues to stall in the granting of much needed funding to guaranntee an education for local children in this part of Dublin.'

In conclusion, Cllr. Doolan demanded that, "the Minister for Education Mary Hanafin to invest some of our new found wealth in education and to ensure this school has a future here in Dublin's Pearse Street." ENDS

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