Tuesday 21 November 2017

Boy (12) refused local school place is offered private tuition by Department of Education

Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A 12-year-old Traveller who was refused a place in a local school has been offered private tuition by the Department of Education.

Paddy Flynn, from Ballyfermot, was the only child in his class at De La Salle National School refused a place at the local secondary school, St John's De La Salle.

The secondary school said they refused Paddy's application because it was late.

His parents said they did not know they had to apply, as neither can read or write.

De La Salle accepted 38 first year students this year, having accepted 67 last year.

Principal Ann Marie Leonard said that falling enrolments had led the school to drop its numbers from four to two first-year classes, and that these were both full by the time the Flynn family applied.

The private tuition offered by the Department of Education will be nine hours a week in a community centre in Ballyfermot, according to RTE.

The Flynn family were also approached by a benefactor who offered to pay for private school for Paddy, but his parents believe he would be better served in a local school alongside his friends.

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