Citywest Educate Together Second Level Campaign Group has been actively campaigning for a second level school in Citywest/Saggart for over 4 years working with all local councillors and TD’s from all sides of the political spectrum to ensure the allocation of a much needed second level school for the area.
Mr. Murphy went on to say “I would like to thank the group of committed parents who drove this campaign over the last four years, each and every parent who filled in an expression of interest form, all the South Dublin County Councillors who made sure provision for a second level school was included in the SDCC Local Authority Plans 2016-2022, all the TD’s from Dublin Mid-West (Gino Kenny, Eoin O’Brion, Frances Fitzgerald & John Curran) and Dublin South West (Katherine Zappone, Paul Murphy, Colm Brophy, Sean Crowe, John Lahartt), the Staff and Principal (Caitriona Hand) of Citywest Educate Together National School, the national body of Educate Together and more than anyone, the children of Citywest Educate Together National School who wrote letter after letter to Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, over the years and never gave up.”
Following a meeting in early March between Citywest Educate Together Second Level Campaign Group and local TD’s & councillor’s, a ‘topical issue’ was raised in Dáil Eireann on March 27th by 5 TD’s, Paul Murphy (AAA-PBP), Eoin O’Brion (SF), John Lahartt (FF), Colm Brophy (FG) and John Curran (FF). The pressure from this and the work of Minister Katherine Zappone have helped make today’s announcement possible.
There has been a dire need for a Second Level in Citywest/Saggart, for over a decade. Saggart is the fastest growing town in Ireland and 524 new homes have been approved for Fortunestown Lane/Garter Lane, on Wednesday 12th April.
Presently there are no second level schools to cater for the 4 national primary schools in Citywest/Saggart. The announcement for a second level school today means children can continue their education with their friends following their 8 years at primary. With 5 ASD Classes between St. Mary's National School and Citywest Educate Together National School; having a second level school in the area will make the transition easier for those students with special needs and reduce unneeded stress on them and their families.
Building this Second Level School in Citywest/Saggart will also mean less burden on already over-subscribed second level schools outside Citywest/Saggart in Rathcoole, Tallaght and beyond. The announcement of this 1,000 pupil second level school will allow children to walk to school reducing numbers on the already over congested roads and will also create a community focal point for Citywest/Saggart.
This announced today gives Citywest/Saggart the infrastructural piece it has been missing for nearly 20 years. The 1,000 pupil second level school announced today for Citywest/Saggart is expected to open in 2020.
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