Senator calls for Harold’s Cross ET school go-ahead

by Gazette Reporter

BY Rose Barrett

Senator Ivana Bacick has raised the issue of a permanent Educate Together Secondary School at Harold’s Cross in the Seanad.

The site for the proposed school is a short distance from where the Labour Senator lives. The school opened last September, in temporary buildings at the site of the former greyhound racing stadium at Harold’s Cross.

Senator Bacick said: “This will form a campus comprising a permanent building for the secondary school and a permanent school for Harold’s Cross ET National School, which is also in interim accommodation on the site.”

She continued: “I tabled a Commencement Matter relating to this school on 9 December last as the principal and school community were concerned about the delays in progressing the construction of the permanent building on the site.

“I was told by the Minister then that the planning application would be lodged with Dublin City Council by mid-February.”

However, the Senator learnt recently that the planning application had not, in fact, been submitted to DCC as yet.

In reply, Minister of State Josepha Madigan, TD said the joint building project for both schools is “currently at an advanced architectural planning stage”.

She added: “The Department advised that the schools’ representatives will be invited to a meeting shortly, where the plans will be presented in advance of lodging the planning application.”

Senator Bacick said: “I am told that for September 2021, an additional 48 student places are sanctioned by the Department but 180 applications have been received.

“There is clearly no space available, or there will be insufficient space, to accommodate projected numbers certainly from 2022 and beyond. The school would need to offer 72 places in 2022 to meet demand.

“So, the matter is very pressing and I will continue to engage with the parents, students and staff to ensure their needs are med without further delay.”

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