Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has brought no satisfaction to resolving the pressure for more second-level school places in Gorey and in the view of local Cllr Malcolm Byrne; “The Minister is out of touch!
Cllr Byrne said it is clear that the Minister is not committed to resolving the very real challenge faced in North Wexford concerning school places. “The problem has been highlighted to his Department for a number of years and we need to start construction now. His view that there is adequate capacity in Creagh College is not supported by the school itself and all local primary schools as well as Gorey Community School have raised concerns with the Minister. He is out of touch but we need to continue to press the case.”
Cllr Byrne requested Deputy Thomas Byrne, the Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson, to ask the Minister in the Dail if his attention has been drawn to the pressure for second-level school places in Gorey and the concerns of local schools and parents that there may not be a sufficient number of places available within two years; his plans to provide for the construction of a new second-level school; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
In reply, Minister McHugh said; “A new 1,000 pupil post-primary school was established in 2011 to serve the Gorey school planning area and moved into its permanent accommodation in 2014 and this school has capacity to meet demand in the area.
“While the announcement did not include a new post primary school for the Gorey school planning area, the requirement for new schools will be kept under on-going review and in particular will have regard for the increased rollout of housing provision as outlined in Project Ireland 2040.”