Local councillor, Philip Lynam (SF) has spoken out in anger against the ever rising school placement lists across Swords. He tabled an emergency motion recently at the local area meeting, which he got full support on.
The emergency motion was that the Chief Executive write immediately to the Minister for Education to outline what he intends to do with families who now face the concern of having no place for their children in local schools. With an increase of construction in Swords over the next few years what are his plans to do to accommodate these parents.?”
Lynam said, “This is increasing every year for worried parents trying to get their young children into junior infants across Swords. Back in 2015, I called upon the Department of Education to have an extra Junior infant teacher to accommodate Holy Family School in River Valley.”
“The response was that there was enough space in other schools to accommodate the growing concerns. My answer to him is quite simple – come over to Swords and speak with the parents and hear what actually is going on. They need their eyes tested if they think that is correct,” maintained Lynam.
He also confirmed that his party colleague, Deputy Louise O’Reilly has had over 20 representations in a week, either called, phoned or emailed in our constituency in Swords, this is very worrying,” he said.
O’Reilly put a parliamentary question asking the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the future of school placements in Swords and if he will make a statement on the matter and his plans for persons that are currently on the school list, but cannot get a placement in Swords and if he will make a statement on the matter.
A written statement from the minister said, “I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is monitoring the pupil enrolment position in the area. There are 13 primary schools serving the Swords area, five of which have had new state-of-the-art buildings provided since 2008. Two of the primary schools are included in the current capital programme and a number of the other schools have undertaken smaller extensions via my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme.”
“At post primary level, a new school is due to be established in September 2017, bringing to five the number of post primary schools serving the area,” the statement concluded.