Decision to host Lucan school in Tallaght must be reversed

by Padraig Conlon

Local representatives have spoken out against the Department of Education’s plan to relocate Griffeen Community College to Kingswood while the school’s permanent site is being built.

Cllr. Francis Duffy, Green Party, has called for an immediate reversal of the decision.

“There is a far more suitable site locally, across the road from Kishoge Community College,” he said.

“Facilities can be located here and this will serve the students of Griffeen Community College better and allow Kingswood Community College to continue operating smoothly and growing in Tallaght.

“I am calling on Minister Joe McHugh to intervene and put a stop to this.”

His Green Party colleague Cllr. Peter Kavanagh,

“This decision flies in the face of everything we know about sustainable communities,” he said.

“To think that anyone believes that putting students from Lucan onto a bus to Tallaght, on our already choked and polluted roads, is the right thing to do?

“It just shows how little our current Government understands the needs of communities and of working families.

“I’ll be raising this matter with the DDLETB and asking them to reverse this decision at the next meeting.”

Cllr. Emer Higgins, Fine Gael, also gave her opinion on the decision, saying that Lucan’s children should be educated in Lucan and not bussed to Kingswood to get to school.

“I brought the Minister for Education out to Griffeen Community College, in November, to see for himself the fantastic work that Rachel and her team are doing for the students there, in spite of their accommodation situation,” she said.

“There’s a hundred and thirty-eight students in Griffeen Community College and they are operating out of the top floor of Kishogue Community College.

“It’s not good enough; and I wanted the Minister to see that first-hand,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“But this week, things have turned an even worse corner, and now, instead of going with the plan which parents and the Bord of Management put together, to have the school temporarily relocated to prefabs in the grounds of the Carline Centre while they wait for their permanent school to be built.

“The Department made a unilateral decision to bus the kids to Kingswood.

“This is not practical, it’s not viable and simply not a solution,” explained Cllr. Emer Higgins.

“I, along with other local politicians, including Cllr. Liona O’Toole who is Chair of the Board of Management, attended a meeting in Griffeen this week which was hosted by the Parent’s Association.

“There were nearly 80 parents there and they spoke passionately about the need to retain this Lucan school in Lucan.

“They want their children to go to school locally, that’s why they enrolled them in Griffeen Community College.

“I fully agree with them and will continue to fight on their behalf. Lucan’s children should be educated in Lucan – it’s as simple as that,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins.  

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