Sunday 19 November 2017

Parents furious at Christian Brothers' plan to sell off 7.5 acres at Dublin school

Order says it must sell the land to pay off €10m which it pledged to pay to the Redress Scheme

Clonkeen College, Dublin
Clonkeen College, Dublin

Alan O'Keeffe

Parents and teachers are angry that the Christian Brothers are to sell off 7.5 acres of playing pitches at a Dublin secondary school to developers.

The Board of Management of Clonkeen College, Deansgrange, are alarmed at the decision of the religious order to sell two-thirds of the school’s lands for an estimated €18m.

The religious order said it must sell the land to pay off €10m which it pledged to pay to the Redress Scheme for sexual abuse victims.

The school has 550 boys and the opening of a new extension will increase the roll to 620.

Parents fund-raised a decade ago and spent almost €440,000 on drainage works on the school playing pitches. The school has a brilliant reputation for  producing GAA teams and soccer teams but the sell-off means the school will lose the equivalent of two playing pitches.

Representatives of the Cuala GAA club in Dalkey will also attend the meeting as the club uses the lands for training.

A meeting will take place tonight at the school to inform parents of the decision of the religious order.

The order states it will give ownership of the remaining lands to the Edmund Rice Schools Trust which will hold the land in trust for the school. The order will also play the school €1m.

The congregation informed the board of management that monies raised will also be used to fund the development of schools in Africa and pay for the upkeep of the mainly elderly members of the religious order.

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