Tuesday 28 February 2017

At last the Government is facing up to its responsibilities

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Minister for Education Richard Bruton Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Minister for Education Richard Bruton Photo: Frank Mc Grath

I write in the light of your news item (June 7) reporting Opposition TDs' criticism of Richard Bruton's plans to see rapid expansion of State-organised community national schools, and in response to Colette Browne's highly critical article in a similar vein.

Over three-and-a-half years ago, the Department of Education undertook a massive patronage survey in the greater Killarney area. As part of the consultation the Department stated that there was no need for an additional school in the area, and that one of the existing Catholic schools would have to be divested.

The overwhelming body of parents voted against this option. At the time a few people, like myself, argued that there were enough pupils to warrant a new school and that such a school should be established for those not wanting a Catholic education.

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