Urgent action needed to house Lucan students warns mayor

by Gazette Reporter

Mayor of South Dublin Ed O’Brien has called on the Department of Education to ensure that building work commences on Griffeen Community College.

Cllr O’Brien was speaking after receiving confirmation that prefabs due to be ready for start of term had been delayed.

“The situation at Griffeen Community College is causing great distress to the parents of pupils enrolled in the school,” he said.

“There needs to be a definitive answer as to when a proper permanent build will be commenced.

“Earlier in the year there was speculation about the location being moved to Kingswood which understandably shocked parents – and now with only a couple of weeks to go to school opening, they are witnessing a standstill on site which must be addressed.”

Cllr O’Brien warned that incoming students could no longer be expected to be taken in by other schools and urged the new Education Minister Norma Foley to ensure this does not happen.

He warned: “The lack of investment in schools in Lucan over the last 10 years is now taking its toll and they are all at capacity.

“The ongoing wait for improvements at St Joseph’s College and Lucan Community College are the proof of that. It is high time the Department took a realistic look at its budget and recognised that money needs to be spent in Lucan to ensure the welfare of students in the area.”

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