A few weeks ago RTEâ€™s 9â€™o clock news featured a long report about the pending closure of Greendale Community School in Foxfield St. John Parish Kilbarrack, Dublin 5. The coverage highlighted the farewell reunion of the 3,000 or so students who had passed through the school in the past 30 years. It was an astonishing turn-out on the night, with many famous faces, including former teachers such as Roddy Doyle and Paul Mercer, two of our great writers, and Brian Mullins, one of greatest Dublin athletes, who with the rest of the staff under the valiant principal, Mr. Anton Carroll, contributed so much to Greendale and the wider Kilbarrack community over the years.
I have been campaigning to keep Greendale Community School open for nearly three years now and recently attended a meeting organised by the Parents’Association of Greendale Community School. The association again made disturbing points about the negative impact of the closure on the current generation of second level students in Kilbarrack. There has also been a very negative impact on the wider community with the grave fear of many local residents that the whole site will fall prey to developers who will try to put a high density, high rise development there because of the locationâ€™s proximity to the DART.
There is still time to reverse this disgraceful decision and to seek other sponsors to create a new school board that would relaunch Greendale Community School. In Dublin North East a major new city of 25,000 housing units is being built at the North Fringe and children living there could access Greendale Community School by DART so why should we close such a school?
United Irelander – 2007-03-22
I was interviewed this week on one of Ireland’s most notable political blogs United Irelander.
You can read the interview here: