It has recently been announced that An Bord Pleanala has given the go ahead to build Ballinteer Educate Together National School on the grounds of St. Tiernan’s Community School in Parkvale, Balally.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in the ‘help build Ballinteer Educate Together National School’ campaign who weathered every stumbling block along the way,” says local Labour councillor and Chair of St. Tiernan’s Community School, Lettie McCarthy.

“I welcome the fact that all trees showing on submitted drawings will be retained and the use of the Sports Hall outside school term and school hours shall be made available to the wider community.”

St Tiernan’s Community School has been campaigning for an indoor sports facility since it first opened in 1980 and will now get one as part of the wider development on the site.

According to The Irish Times, the lack of showers and changing facilities have forced the students to use bathrooms as changing rooms.

“It’s great for the students, it’s great for our two PE teachers who’ve done fantastic work. We’re planning to provide PE as a Leaving Cert subject, so it’s a great opportunity for the students,” says Declan Hughes, principal of St Tiernan’s.

Planning permission was granted on the build of the new school on the grounds that certain conditions being met.

“Residents in surrounding areas have legitimate concerns regarding extra traffic and I hope both schools, the Department of Education and adjoining estates can enter into productive dialogue to help ease the burden on all concerned,” says McCarthy.

These include that the school would have staggered opening and closing times as to alleviate traffic in the area, all trees on submitted drawings are to be retained and the sports hall outside school term and school hours shall be made available to the wider community.

Pedestrian access onto the river slang green-way shall also be provided before the proposed school is opened for use and cycling/pedestrian access to the existing footpath and cycle way along Wycham Way shall be facilitated.