11 May 2012

Minister Welcomes Decision on Appeals by Local School

Local Fine Gael T.D., Minister Frances Fitzgerald, has warmly welcomed the decision by the Department of Education to uphold appeals by a number of local schools in Clondalkin and Lucan.

Primary schools throughout Clondalkin including, Scoil Nano Nagle, Scoil Mhuire, Scoil Aine and St. Ronans are to keep English as an Additional Language (EAL) posts as a result of their successful appeals. Lucan primary schools who benefited through the appeals process for EALs include St. Thomas JN, Scoil Aine Naofe Esker, Adamstown Castle Educate Together and Lucan East Educate Together.

Seven teaching posts in Arch Bishop Ryan JNS in Balgaddy, Lucan were saved and three posts were secured by Arch Bishop Ryan SNS.

Speaking about this decision Minister Frances Fitzgerald said, “I am very pleased that so many of the appeals from local schools were deemed successful. I worked very hard to lobby for additional EAL posts for schools throughout Lucan and Clondalkin and worked particularly closely with Arch Bishop Ryan, lobbying the Minister for Education directly on their particular situation.

“Arch Bishop Ryan is not categorised as a DEIS school, but under the current criteria, we believe it would be, were the process reopened. For this reason, I lobbied extensively on their behalf to ensure that their extenuating circumstances were taken into account during the decision-making process,” explained Fitzgerald.

“I am pleased that support and resources have now been secured for many primary schools throughout our area and that eight teaching posts have been secured for the Arch Bishop Ryan National Schools. As a Government, we are facing tough decisions and must look at ways to make savings but I am pleased that the appeals process has given deserving schools and their children and staff the opportunity to secure resources,” concluded Fitzgerald.