Monday 26 August 2019

Educate Together in talks about two Dublin schools

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The non-denominational education body, Educate Together, is in talks about a joint patronage role in two Dublin second-level schools.

Discussions are ongoing between Educate Together and City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) about St Kevin’s College, Crumlin, Dublin 12 as well as Cabra Community College, on the northside of the Liffey.

The St Kevin’s initiative is in direct response to pressure from parents in neighbouring, Dublin 8 for more Educate Together second-level places in that part of the city.

Campaigners met with Education Minister Joe McHugh in February, and he was now written to them advising of a potential Educate Together role in Dublin 12

The south city Dublin 2-4-6-8 zone has seen some of the most intense pressure for Educate Together provision, which, at second-level,is only partially satisfied by the opening of Sandymount Park secondary school last September.

Educate Together will also be in the running for a new 1,000-place second-level school in Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6, due to open in 2020, but even if it succeeds, parents in Dublin 8 fear it will not have enough capacity for their children.

St Kevin’s has about 200 pupils and, under the patronage of the ETB, it is multi-denominational, although partnership with Educate Together would mean some ethos changes.

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