Seanad debates

Wednesday, 11 June 2003

Adjournment Matters. - School Closures.

 

10:30 am

Síle de Valera (Minister of State, Department of Education and Science; Clare, Fianna Fail)

The future of St. Brigid's Secondary School, Goresbridge, County Kilkenny, was the subject of recent debate in the House. However, I am glad of the opportunity to outline the up-to-date position.

The future of this school has been uncertain since a decision of the board of management to close the school was announced over five years ago. The board decided to phase out the operation of the school over two years. This decision was reached after consideration of several issues that were impacting negatively on the school. It was acknowledged that the viability of the school would become increasingly untenable due to declining enrolments.

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