Thursday, 14 July 2022
Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed)
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With regard to delivery of the school's permanent accommodation and the promised refurbishment, works have not started yet. The school has been aware of this for several months according to the parents in Maynooth. I can tell the Minister of State that you could not move anything with regard to their children's education without the parents of Maynooth knowing. It actually has not started yet. This school opened in the middle of a pandemic and it has done really well to reach a student population of more than 100 for the coming year. Students have to go to the old site for four subjects, namely, science, woodwork, technology and PE. That is a lot of travelling and they are losing approximately 20 minutes of education time with the ten minutes' walk either way. It is a lot of time to be losing. The school is severely hampered and there is no plan. A shopping centre is not the right place for a school. I hope the Minister will get back to me with regard to this work not having actually started. I would appreciate it if he could check that out and get back to me.