- Govt must now deliver on its commitment –
Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal Darragh O’Brien has welcomed confirmation today that Donabate is to get a new Gaelscoil. It comes after years of campaigning by parents and local groups for a new school for the area.
Deputy O’Brien said, “This is a great day for everyone who has been involved in the campaign for a Gaelscoil for Donabate and Portrane. We have seen the population in Donabate and surrounding areas expand significantly over recent years and there is a real need for a new school on the peninsula.
“I’m particularly pleased that the new school will be a Gaelscoil as there is no Irish-medium primary school in the area, and parents had expressed a preference for their kids to be taught through Irish.
“I want to pay tribute to all of the parents and the local community groups who have been so actively involved in the campaign for a Gaelscoil for Donabate and Portrane. Today’s announcement is a testament to their enthusiasm, determination and drive.
“I will be engaging with the Minister and the Department of Education to ensure that this new school is delivered on time. The school is due to open next year, and while I fully welcome today’s announcement, this government has a habit of making promises and failing to see them through. That cannot be the case with this school and I will be keeping pressure on the Minister so that enrolment can begin for the 2020 school term”