Wednesday 22 November 2017

School facing loss of teacher linked to rising rents

Pupils of Our Lady of the Wayside National School in Bluebell, Dublin, pose with iPads. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
Pupils of Our Lady of the Wayside National School in Bluebell, Dublin, pose with iPads. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Sarah Mac Donald

A Dublin school is facing the loss of a much-needed teacher and falling enrolments linked to spiralling accommodation costs.

Our Lady of the Wayside National School in Bluebell is likely to lose a teacher when the next academic year begins.

The school recently lost a number of its pupils when their families rental properties were put up for sale or the rents were hiked.

Principal Anne McCluskey said: "A huge number of our parents started coming to us saying their landlord was putting up the rent and they couldn't afford it, or their landlord was selling the house and they had to move house.

"All of them tried to stay in the area but the families of eight children had to move out of Bluebell to seek accommodation in other areas - some were briefly in homeless accommodation."

However, she warned that if the school lost a teacher, it would leave it ill-prepared for the potential rise in demand with proposed construction of up to 1,000 residential units locally.

She added: "Austerity was harsh on families in this area, it seems that economic recovery is not bringing them any benefits, not yet at any rate."

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin gave a show of solidarity yesterday to the inner city Dublin school, of which he is patron.

The school was founded in 1960 and currently has 108 pupils from diverse backgrounds.

Irish Independent

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