Tuesday, 18 June 2019
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
I thank the Ceann Comhairle. Cahir Boys' national school and Our Lady of Mercy Convent girls' school have been waiting nearly 30 years to amalgamate. The amalgamation is supported by everyone, including the boards of management, parents councils and the communities. Thankfully, a site has been obtained from the Sisters of Mercy for a new building. The conditions in the existing school buildings are beyond belief. One third of the population of Cahir is made up of newcomers who have been embraced by and integrated into the community. It is fabulous to see children of so many different nationalities taking part in school activities. I ask the Taoiseach to please impress upon the Minister for Education and Skills the need to progress this contract to tender stage. This badly needed facility needs to be operating in Cahir for the many students, families and teaching staff who are awaiting it. The new amalgamation has been delayed for decades and everyone is weary and wants to see progress.