15 Sep 2009

Building Campaign Update

During the Summer the Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe, T.D. published information on the school building programme. It makes sobering reading for any school on the Department’s waiting list. The details can be downloaded from here: Department of Education & Science – Information By Topic.

Seeing our school’s project in the still languishing in the applications received section along with over a thousand other schools clarifies again that absolutely no progress has been made since 2005 with regard to a permanent structure for Gaelscoil Philib Barún.

To add to our frustration and disappointment we have been assigned an initial band rating of 2.2 which is a remarkable fact in itself as the other two primary schools in Tramore, Holy Cross National School and Glór na Mara are given the highest rating of 1.1. Clearly Gaelscoil Philib Barún is not a priority with the Minister and his Department. Can anybody explain the logic in the Department’s criteria for prioritising projects?