School Places Reaching Crisis Point


Local TD Brendan Ryan (Lab) is calling on Minister for Education Richard Bruton to declare North County Dublin an emergency area for school provision, as the crisis for primary school places is set to increase in September.

Deputy Ryan said: “Fingal is the fastest growing and youngest county in Ireland, and has been for over a decade. We are now facing another year of crisis with primary school places as there are not enough schools to cope with the population increase. “This problem is especially acute in Swords where the waiting list for the Holy Family Junior National School is getting worse year on year.

The school is situated bang in the centre of Rivervalley, which is in itself bounded by Boroimhe and Ridgewood, both of which are huge population hubs with many young families. “I have placed a parliamentary question asking the Minister for Education to set up an emergency task force for the county to include representatives from all patronage bodies and senior officials in his own department to examine and resolve this crisis as a matter of urgency.

“I have received a letter from the Chair of the Board of Management in a school in Balbriggan citing that they are over-subscribed by 88 students. The school building programme initiated by Labour in the last Government has ground to a halt and we are reaping the results of that now,” he said.