Today, in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Broughan raised a Topical Issue Debate with the Minister for Education and Skills one the urgent need for the Department of Education to liaise with and support two primary schools in Dublin Bay North, which are looking to maintain staffing levels, carry out essential upgrade works and continue providing safe spaces for students.
Deputy Broughan has been liaising with Principals and Deputy Principals of Our Lady Immaculate SNS Darndale, Dublin 17 and St. Laurence’s National School, Brookstone Road (and Grange Road), Baldoyle, Dublin 13 regarding staffing needs and repair and upgrade works. He has been making representations on both schools’ behalf to Minister Joe McHugh but there had been no progress. Our Lady Immaculate in Darndale was concerned about reduced staff numbers given the traumatic events that students witnessed earlier this year when two gun murders happened near the school and in broad daylight. St. Laurence’s requires important upgrade and repair work but has been unable to attain grants to complete these works.
Deputy Broughan says “St. Laurence’s School in Baldoyle has put in a proposal for a single school campus and for funding to upgrade the facilities at Brookstone Road. I have raised the matter with the Minister, but the school is still awaiting decisions. Our Lady Immaculate SNS in Darndale had a temporary drop in student numbers which meant that their teacher allocation was reduced. The number of students is due to increase again in the next school year, but the school will have lost a staff member. I have also raised this directly with the Minister but did not receive a reply in time for the start of the 2019/2020 school year. When we keep getting lip service about Fine Gael’s investment in education and schools it is shocking that local Principals and Deputy Principals need to contact local TDs for help and support. Of course, I am more than happy to help but would like to see improved investment in staffing and infrastructure for this year and the coming school year in these and all our Dublin Bay North schools so that Principals don’t have to worry about these issues.”