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atest press release from Minister Stephen Donnelly, issued on Thursday, June 10th 2021…

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has welcomed the news the Department of Education is to take control of the Greystones Community National School.

Builders WBS will hand over the keys today as the Department formally take charge of the building.

The keys and the health and safety manuals are being handed over to the management company paving the way for the school to open. The breakthrough has come almost a year after the brand new school was completed.

The Department has rejected the recommendations of the Conciliation report and a fire test is still scheduled to take place later this month. But the Department themselves have said they are confident the school will pass the test.

Minister Donnelly said the move means the school can now potentially be ready to open in September.

He said he had spoken to Minister Foley about the urgency of the matter on numerous occasions including at a meeting as recently as last week to discuss the issue. “I’m delighted to see the deadlock has finally been broken.

“It has been an extremely tough and traumatic year for everyone involved in this issue from the parents to the pupils and the staff. I’ve been tracking the progress of the Conciliation process and pushing hard to try and get the school opened as soon as possible.

“In recent days I made it clear to Minister Foley just how important it was to get the school open in time for September. I’m delighted to see that message getting through and sense prevailing”.

The Minister added: “There are children in GCNS who will have spent most of their primary school years in prefabs. The staff have done an incredible job up to this point but it can’t compare to being able to use the state-of-the-art new building.

“I know how much this will mean to the parents at the school who have been pushing hard for this day to come. I would like to congratulate them and the school committee on a job well done in making sure the interests of the students were remembered at all times.

“It has been a long hard campaign to get to this point but the school is now ready to open its doors to be used by generations of Greystones children to come.”