We’ve been holding our tongue on the St Patrick’s school admission scandal over the past week, in the sincere hope that a little radio silence might just inspire the powers that be to wake up and smell the incense.
There are good people reaching out and trying to resolve this matter, but, in short, they’re being ignored.
We won’t go into all the back and forths right here, right now – those unfamiliar with the local controversy that has gone all the way to the Dáil can catch up here.
Murmurs of ultimatums have been sent our way, and hand-delivered letters from Canon Mungavin to select parents, along with a video of former principal Eileen Jackson at the school’s latest emergency meeting on Monday. The latter made for ugly viewing, as Eileen attempted to defend herself against what she believed to be a smear campaign orchestrated by the church, whilst other highlights on the night included Board Of Management member Graton Evans letting slip that Mungavin had accepted Ms Jackson’s resignation without consulting the board, whilst another member, Robin George, was clearly unimpressed by the dissenting voices present, reportedly referring to them as “you people”.
And now, tonight, as Temple Carrig School just happens to play host in Blacklion to the Church Of Ireland’s top brass, those very same dissenters from Monday’s meeting are popping flyers on the cars parked outside.
And that flyer – reproduced top right – makes for interesting reading. Only question now is, given the wall of defiance by St Patrick’s so far, will it actually make any difference…?
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