11 Nov 2010

Millions unspent and we still have no school

The Board of Management of Gaelscoil Philib barún have issued a press release in response to the DES failure to spend its allocated capital budget.

Press Release

Gaelscoil Philib Barún, Tramore, Co. Waterford is outraged to hear that the Department of Education and Science has failed to spend its allocated budget for school buildings.

We are 25 years in temporary accommodation. Our latest application to the DES has been stalled since 2005 and last month the Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan TD, wrote to the school board to inform us that a meeting with her would at this stage be “premature”.

Almost 1 million euro has been spent on prefabricated buildings to date on the Department’s site at Crobally Upper , Tramore, which was purchased in 2003.

We propose that the money not spent by the Department’s Building Programme be devolved to schools whose permanent accommodation needs are not being addressed. The Board of Management of Gaelscoil Philib Barún has managed 4 building projects to date and have shown that it is well capable of delivering projects on time under budget without recourse to the bureaucratic red tape of the Department of Education and Skills.