25 July 2017
By Tom O’Sullivan
TD for Cork North West, Aindrias Moynihan has said that it is imperative that a permanent location for the new primary school in Ballincollig be acquired as quickly as possible.
“We must ensure that children do not stay in temporary accommodation for longer than is necessary,” stated Deputy Moynihan.
Deputy Moynihan was commenting after being informed by the Department of Education and Skills that the new Gaelscoil will open this coming September in temporary accommodation at Ballincollig Rugby Club.
“The Minister also informed me that Departmental officials have also engaged with Cork County Council with a view to identifying and acquiring a suitable permanent site to accommodate the school.
“This cannot happen quickly enough. The recent Local Area Plan identified a number of sites locally that should be zoned for education purposes.
“It’s imperative that negotiations with landowners progress as quickly as possible to ensure that the amount of time spent in temporary accommodation is as low as it can be.
“The school community will grow and prosper much more quickly once it is located in a permanent building.
“We need to reduce the amount of disruption in the school lives of the children, and the sooner a permanent location is secured, the better for everyone concerned.
“I will continue to raise this issue with Minister Bruton to ensure that the process is concluded as quickly as possible,” concluded Moynihan.