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  • Northside East

School representatives to meet on building plan

Tuesday, 16th January, 2018 1:00pm

Story by Pat O'Rourke
School representatives to meet on building plan

FLASHBACK: Deputy Thomas Byrne (FF) and Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee (FF), third from right, with local parents and staff during their recent visit to St Mologa’s National School, Balbriggan. FILE PHOTO

School representatives to meet on building plan

FLASHBACK: Deputy Thomas Byrne (FF) and Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee (FF), third from right, with local parents and staff during their recent visit to St Mologa’s National School, Balbriggan. FILE PHOTO

THE Department of Education and Skills has confirmed that it is to meet with representatives of a Northside school to discuss a long-awaited building project.

In November 2017, Northside People reported the urgent need for new facilities at St Mologa’s National School, Balbriggan.

At the time, the Department said a new facility is included in its Six-Year Capital Programme (2016-2021).

And last week, a spokesperson for the Department said: “Contact has been made with the school (St Mologa’s NS) to arrange a meeting to discuss the capital project for the school.”

Dublin Fingal Senator James Reilly (FG) said he welcomed confirmation of the meeting from the principal of St Mologa’s NS, Pauline Costello.  

“This is long overdue and the proposal for a new school building here has my support,” said Senator Reilly.

“I visited the school along with Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG), before Christmas and I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and ethos of this school, where conditions are not ideal for students and staff in an old outdated building structure. 

“However, they are producing excellent results and they have my support for a new school structure at this excellent central location in Balbriggan near the town and beside Bremore Castle, playing fields of O’Dwyer’s GAA Club, local soccer clubs and other amenities.

“I look forward to working with the school committees, parents’ committee, the school patron and the school principal to progress this long overdue project and deliver a new school at St Mologa’s. 

“I understand an application has been submitted for two new temporary classrooms in the meantime, which is welcome until the new school is constructed.

“However we need to move this new school proposal into the rapid build programme as soon as possible.” 

Senator Reilly added: “We need a design team appointed, plans drawn up, planning application submitted and approved and let’s get on with constructing this new school.”

Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee (FF) recently brought her party’s education spokesperson Thomas Byrne to Balbriggan to hear concerns over conditions at the school.

At the time, Senator Clifford-Lee said a timeline for the construction of a new school building must be urgently drawn up for development to get underway in the immediate future and “put an end to the detrimental impact being felt by the whole school community in St Molaga’s”.

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