Promised development of 2 new secondary schools delayed by another 15 months
Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has said that the already over-subscribed secondary schools in Dublin Fingal will now experience further pressure in the forthcoming school year as the development of two schools in the county have been pushed back another 15 months.
In information received by the Deputy through a tabled Parliamentary Question, the Minister for Education has confirmed that both schools which were scheduled to open this September in Malahide/Portmarnock and Swords will now not open until September 2018.
Deputy O’Brien commented, “The provision of a new secondary school for the Malahide/Portmarnock and Swords areas of County Dublin were originally announced in November 2015. Since then I have continually raised the urgent necessity for the provision of these secondary school places in the North County.
“These schools have now been deferred and will not open as scheduled in September 2017. The Minister has confirmed to me that they will more likely open a full 12 months behind schedule.
“Fingal is the fastest-growing area in the country and the number of people living in the area has increased by 8pc in the past five years. This rise in population has exacerbated the chronic shortage of school places in the North County.
He added," It can only be expected that the current lack of sufficient capacity in our schools will continue to worsen.
“High birth rates in recent years will no doubt place significant pressure on pupil enrollments in both primary and secondary schools unless decisive action is taken by the Department.
“Local parents are becoming increasingly anxious about whether there will be a place for their children come September; this update of a delay in development will add more worry," concluded Deputy O'Brien.