Decision to host Lucan school in Tallaght reversed by Department

by Padraig Conlon

Controversial plans to relocate a Lucan college to a different building in Tallaght 10km away have been abandoned by the Department of Education.

Many local parents were left angry last week after being told that from this coming September students from Griffeen Community College, currently based in Kishoge Community College in Lucan, would have to be bussed to Kingswood Community College in Tallaght.

Now the Department of Education have decided to scrap those plans and take a different approach.

Instead of having to move to Tallaght for the next two years, the local students will remain at the Kishogue site instead.

The decision has been greeted by local Fine Gael Councillor Emer Higgins.

“After a hugely stressful week for the parents, children and staff of Griffeen Community College I’m delighted to announce that a solution has been found,” she said.

“Instead of bussing these children to Kingswood, which in my view was never appropriate or practical, children will continue to be accommodated on the grounds of Kishogue Community College.

“Prefabs will be installed on their site to cater for five mainstream classrooms and classes will be time-tabled so that both schools will share access to specialist classrooms such as science labs.

“Griffeen Community College students will not be bussed outside of our community.

“These children will, rightly, be able to go to school locally until their new building is provided in 2022.

“Well done to the parents, especially Mary, Trish and Andy, the fabulous principal Rachel and Bord of Management chaired by Liona O’Toole, the Department and ETB who I worked with to resolve this issue,” Cllr. Emer Higgins said.

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