Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal, Darragh O’Brien has sought assurances from the Minister for Education that the refurbishment and extension of St. Finian’s Community College in Swords, Co. Dublin will get underway as a matter of priority.
Deputy O’Brien questioned the Minister for Education and asked him to provide an urgent update on the works.
He explained, “This is something which the Government have been dragging their feet on for years. There have been indeterminable delays and unexplained hold-ups, but little or no action. The parents, teachers and students have all been let down very badly.
“I can’t stress enough the need to get the refurbishment and extension works underway. From speaking with parents, teachers and even students I know there are major issues, from a leaking roof to a lack of space and much more besides. As a DEIS school in the ever-expanding town of Swords, the school should be afforded extra resources.
“Despite the Minister's comments to the contrary, we know there are issues with the Department’s budget. The Minister needs to clarify whether construction and upgrading works on schools will be put on hold or not progressed while the Department sorts out its finances.
“I will continue to raise this matter with him until I get an answer and a guarantee that the refurbishment and extension works will be completed”, concluded Deputy O’Brien.