Knocklyon school’s wait for permanent building continues

by Gazette Reporter
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Parents of children in a school in Knocklyon have said they are disappointed that no progress has been made on the building of a permanent school.

Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna have been housed in prefabs for over 20 years.

In October, parents, pupils and teachers staged a protest outside the Dail to demand the delivery of their long-awaited school building.

Chairperson of Scoil Nua Chnoc Liamhna Committee, Trish McGinley, sounded a note of caution to parents in other areas who were celebrating the news that new schools would be built in their area.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette, she said: “Is it good for them? I don’t know because if you read into it a bit more, they’re all going in to temporary accommodation and they could all be in the same situation that we’re in here now in 20 years’ time.

“You’re just making the problem bigger and bigger and meanwhile our school is just about standing here with no word from the Department.”

Trish paid tribute to the school’s teachers for the way they face adversity but said that the situation was becoming ever more frustrating.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said: “Gaelscoil Chnoic Liamhna is on the Department’s Six Year Capital Programme. The Department is fully committed to delivering a new school as for Gaelscoil Chnoic Liamhna as soon as possible and is in regular contact with the school.

“The Department has been working with the local authority to acquire the site on which the school is currently located in order to facilitate the development of a permanent building for the school.

“The site acquisition has been agreed. The Chief State Solicitor’s Office, acting on behalf of the Department, is currently progressing the acquisition through the conveyancing stage.

“The Department is also currently finalising the project brief to facilitate the advancement of the project into the architectural planning process.

“This is to ensure the project moves as quickly as possible. All parties are working to advance this project as quickly as possible.”

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