Latest press release from Stephen Donnelly TD, issued on Friday, June 14th 2019…
New information released to Stephen Donnelly TD has led to serious concerns about the start date for a long-overdue extension to St David’s secondary school in Greystones.
The school was promised that work would start next month after years battling red tape, but the Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson has warned that building may be delayed yet again. Deputy Donnelly explained, “I’ve been working closely with the school for years and I was very disheartened when I got my latest piece of correspondence from the Minister for Education.
“I submitted a Parliamentary Question ( attached) asking straight out if work on the extension would begin in July and the answer I got back was far from satisfactory. It neglected to give any specific start date and instead focused on the fact that the project is still at ‘stage 2B’ – a limbo that schools all over Ireland have been sent to. It confirms that the pre-qualification phase hasn’t started, which means the Department hasn’t started identifying companies to bid for the work. And this of course this means that the tender process hasn’t started either.
“It’s just so disappointing, but not all that surprising. It’s not the first time that the Minister for Education has disappointed the pupils and parents of St David’s. He cancelled a school visit at the last minute recently, despite big efforts to prepare a warm welcome.
“Greystones has a chronic shortage of secondary school places, and one of the best ways to tackle the problem is by adding extra space to our existing schools. The St. David’s Principal Mary O’Doherty and her team have done incredible work over the years securing permission for an extension, so it’s an insult to every student, every parent and every member of staff that it still hasn’t started.
“I will continue to work with St David’s to get this extension built as soon as possible”, concluded Deputy Donnelly.
You can read Simon Harris’ April reassurance that the extension was back on right here.
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