Thursday, 28 November 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Page 86 of the programme for Government makes reference to the introduction of measures that will modernise the education system and address the demands and pressures that face school leaders. My question relates to Gaelscoil na Laochra, Birr, County Offaly. The school has been in temporary accommodation for years, which has impacted on its growth and development, but the temporary accommodation is no longer suitable. Parents and teachers at the school are concerned and they have been asking for urgent action to be taken for a long time. After I was contacted by the school principal, I submitted a parliamentary question, the reply to which stated the Department of Education and Skills had been liaising with a State body in respect of the possible provision of the school's permanent accommodation on part of its property. I would like an urgent update on the progress made because time and patience are running out. The school cannot be left in limbo any longer.