Minister Questioned Over Progress On New Schools

The Minister for Education and Skills has been questioned by Fianna Fáil on the progress of two new secondary schools which were promised in November 2015.

TD for Dublin Fingal, Darragh O'Brien, said: "These two schools, which are badly needed, were promised by the previous Fine Gael-Labour government only months before the last election. It was announced these schools would open in 2017 but following parliamentary questions that I put to the Minister, I have found little to reassure me that these schools will be open in the timeframe promised.

"I call on the Minister to provide the public with solid details on whether these schools will be delivered in 2017, as promised. If the schools are not to be ready by then, the Minister should explain why the people of Fingal were misled before the election.

"Swords, Malahide and Portmarnock are communities with a young and growing population. New schools are needed to meet the needs of the people in these localities. It is important that these two schools which were promised before the election are delivered when we were told they would be. I will continue to pursue the Government until the people of Fingal are given clarification on this," concluded Deputy O'Brien.


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