A previous protest outside Leinster House calling for Ballinteer Educate Together National School to be built

A local Minister is calling for planning permission for a local school to get the green light.

Ballinteer Educate Together National School (BETNS), who are currently sharing the site of Notre Dame School in Churchtown, are looking for their own school on the land of St Tiernan’s Community School in Balally.

Parents were left outraged recently after planning permission was refused. Amanda Bailey, a parent from BETNS recently told Dublin Gazette that parents are “beyond fed up” as they were “led to believe that the Department of Education would work with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) to find a solution that would be approved.”

Minister Shane Ross wrote to the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, to say the matter needs to be resolved “urgently” as the demand for schools in the area is increasing due to population growth.

In the letter shown to Dublin Gazette, Minister Ross said: “I represent both the disappointed teachers, parents and pupils of BETNS and the concerned residents of the surrounding area.

“Nearly seven years on and three failed planning applications later the school community are extremely frustrated at the latest development that, yet again, there is no definitive timeline for the development of a much-needed permanent school building for BETNS.”

The reason that planning permission was refused included the proposed exit-only link onto busy Wyckham Way would endanger public safety and the use of the existing access to St Tiernan’s
through Parkvale would impact local residents.

Minister Ross said: “After the second failed planning application, BETNS was told that officials in the Department of Education and Skills would liaise with the planners in DLRCC to ensure that the access issues that were prevalent in the previous two planning applications would be resolved so there would be no issues preventing the passing of the planning application.”

The Minister is now calling for officials in the Department of Education to work more closely with council to ensure that the concerns raised by all parties involved are addressed and that the next planning application is approved.

He also highlighted his disappointment that St Tiernan’s Community School’s application for a sports hall and all-weather pitch was also refused.