03 November 2016

Fitzgerald Confirms Patronage for New Second-Level School in Lucan


· Patronage awarded jointly to ETB with Scoil Sinead as Trustee Partner
Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald has received confirmation today from the Department of Education of the patronage for the new second-level school in Lucan.
Welcoming the announcement by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, Fitzgerald commented “I am delighted that patronage for a new second level school in Lucan has been awarded to a partnership involving Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board with Scoil Sinead as Trustee partners.
 “In applying for school patronage, the patrons were required to provide evidence that there was a demand from parents and families in the area. This decision reflects the wishes of many parents and residents in appointing these patrons for the new school, which will significantly enhance second level education in the area.
“A significant objective of Scoil Sinead Secondary school is to provide an inclusive atmosphere for children with special needs, in particular those with Autism. From speaking to parents and teachers, I know the demand for second level ASD classrooms in Lucan and am pleased that this new school will help accommodate this need.
“The demand for an additional second level school was identified by the Department of Education and provision was included in the Five Year School Building Programme announced last year. The school is expected to open in 2017, however, it is likely to be in temporary accommodation to begin with before moving to a permanent site.
“I wish to congratulate DDLETB and the Board of Scoil Sinead in their work to achieve patronage of this school. I look forward to continuing to work alongside them on the development of this school.”