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'Sinn Féin seeking retention of St Mary's’ – Dolan

31 October, 2017 - by Jemma Dolan

Sinn Féin will be calling on the Department of Education to take into account the unique circumstances facing St Mary’s High School in Brollagh and save it from closure.

Commenting ahead of attending a meeting with the Department and the parents’ action group, Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA Jemma Dolan said there is a strong case for the school to be retained.

“The consultation on the proposal to close St Mary’s ends on November 20th, after which the Department will have to decide whether or not to keep the school open,” she said.

“There have been a number of attempts to close the school but, on each occasion, the proposal has been rejected, most recently by then Minister John O’Dowd.

“John O’Dowd accepted the fact that the school’s isolated location meant pupils would be facing an unreasonable travel distance to the nearest available post-primary if St Mary’s was to close.

“But instead of recognising the unique issues facing St Mary’s and coming up with feasible alternatives to sustain it, CCMS have simply produced yet another proposal to close the school.

“Sinn Féin and the parents’ action group will be meeting the department in the next short period and we will be robustly arguing for other options to be properly explored to ensure post-primary education provision is retained in the local area.”

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