Minister Visits North County Schools

Minister at HolywellPictured on her visit to Holywell Educate Together National School on Wednesday last, is Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan. She is pictured her with Local TD, Brendan Ryan and Student Council members, Sinead Kennedy, Daniel Mocek, Jakub Kotlarz, Aimalohi Ugbiyobo, Helena Apetroaei and Tiernan Dundon, who presented the Minister with a beautiful bouquet of flowers

Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan paid a whistle-stop tour of the North County last week, where she paid visits to some of the schools in the region. She visited St Molaga’s NS in Balbriggan, St Michael’s House Special School in Skerries, before heading to Rush, where she visited St Joseph’s Secondary School and Rush National School. She rounded off her tour by visiting Holywell Educate Together NS.
The Minister was accompanied by local TD, Brendan Ryan (Lab), to view a number of issues facing schools in the North County.
Ryan told the County Leader, “Whilst great work has been done in building new schools and replacing prefabs in many schools in the North County, there are schools which still require extensions and or new buildings, in order to cope with population demand. The Minister visited schools in the North County to see for herself what is required and to view also, the great work taking place by principals and staff on an ongoing basis.
When the Minister called to Holywell Educate Together National School, she was greeted by principal, Maria Boyne and members of the school’s student council. She was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers by pupil, Tiernan Dundon. The school choir sang beautifully for a clearly impressed Minister, before she proceeded to visit some of the classrooms and speak with the children. Part of her visit was to discuss the need to take a new look at the DEIS scheme for disadvantaged schools and to open a dialogue for the need for an Educate Together Secondary School for Swords. It was a very interesting and productive visit following on from a previous visit the Minister made to the area in late May.”