St Michaels House, Skerries, was established in 1982. The school is currently located in a rented building with temporary accommodation and the process of acquiring a new suitable premises has been a lengthy one.
Speaking to the County Leader, the Department said they are ‘working closely with Fingal County Council in relation to the identification and acquisition of a suitable site to facilitate the school building project. There are some clarifications required on technical issues in relation to development of the site and this assessment process is nearing completion’
They continued, ‘The Department is committed to providing a permanent accommodation solution and it is planned to provide a new school building for St. Michaels Special School to accommodate a 14 classroom school expandable to 16 classrooms, to include classes for pupils with mild general learning difficulties (MGLD), autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), multiple disabilities and severe/profound disabilities.’
Cllr Tom O’Leary spoke to the County Leader on the welcome news, ‘I welcome confirmation from Minister Richard Bruton that a site has been identified for a new school for the special students at the excellent St Michaels House and I look forward to the next phase in this long awaited project.’ O’Leary concluded, ‘it’s a great day for the parents, dedicated staff and the special students in St Michaels house, as they can look forward now with certainty to a new school and participate in the planning and design of their new school.’ The Department concluded that ‘we are committed to progressing this project and will continue to liaise with Fingal County Council and the school authorities to achieve this goal as quickly as possible.’