Firhouse Educate Together Move Questioned

by Gazette Reporter

The decision to move Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School to Citywest in September was raised in the Dáil by local TDs last week.

Deputies John Lahart, Paul Murphy, Sean Crowe and Francis Noel Duffy put their case to Education Minister Norma Foley.

A permanent site for the school has been found – but with no temporary solution the school is being relocated to Citywest/Saggart pending construction of the new facility which will take at least two years.

Deputy Murphy said the unworkable proposal would impose untold hardship on families and force a two-hour daily commute on students with no direct bus service.

An online petition created by SOS Firhouse ETSS Campaign is calling for the promised temporary site to be found so “these children are not left out in the cold”.

Conor Harrison, chairperson of the board of management, said: “This proposal was already put forward by the Department and rejected back in December 2019, as wholly inappropriate.

“We are incredibly disappoinated and dismayed to see it being put back on the table again. It shows a staggering lack of imagination or will to follow through and secure an accommodation that will not impact so negatively on our students, their families and the staff team.”

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