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Together: Twins Cian and Aidan O’Dea can now attend the same secondary school after originally being told only Cian would be accepted

Together: Twins Cian and Aidan O’Dea can now attend the same secondary school after originally being told only Cian would be accepted

Together: Twins Cian and Aidan O’Dea can now attend the same secondary school after originally being told only Cian would be accepted

A mother who was left distraught after only one of her twin sons got a place in a local secondary school, while the other was rejected, says her family is overjoyed both boys have now been accepted by the school.

Adri O'Dea says her son Aidan, who was refused a place at Boyne Community School in Trim, Co Meath, due to over-subscription, was thrilled to learn he could now join his brother Cian in September.

It comes following news that additional resources will be put in place to accommodate students at the school for the next academic year.

Adri had vowed her sons would not be separated, even if that meant finding a new school for both of them.

She now says the family can "breathe easier" knowing both boys will attend school together as they wanted.

She said: "We got a call from Boyne Community School earlier this week offering Aidan a place. We couldn't believe it.

"The boys are relieved and so happy that they will be going to the same school and Cian is excited that he can finally start looking forward to going to secondary school.

"He was so worried before and he didn't want to go to a school that didn't want his brother.

"It has been really unfair to them but now we can put it all behind us," she added.

Ms O'Dea said she was "shocked" to receive two letters from Boyne Community School, one giving one of her sons a place and the other saying the second boy was not accepted.

The 12-year-old sixth class pupils live just outside Trim and attend St Michael's NS which is close to Boyne Community School.

They were said to be "inconsolable" at the prospect of being separated next September.

Adri pointed out that no indication was given that there were any issues in relation to over-subscription during the application process.

"We sent in the application form on the open day so we were in plenty of time. I indicated on both of their forms that they were twins," she said.

However the relieved mum says the family can now look to the future.

"We were kind of dreading the transition because of all of the uncertainty but now we can start looking forward to it and planning for September," she said.

"We are all in a much happier positive place as a family. It has been a very tough time.

"I'm very proud of how the boys handled it, I think they just really grew as people through the whole experience.

"We are delighted with the outcome.

"It has been a very stressful and trying time for all the families involved in this process since late November."

Irish Independent