Saturday 17 February 2018

'We've been waiting 10 years for a new school,' say parents

Orla Hilliard with her children Niamh (11), Katie (8) and Ella (4) at their home in Clonsilla. Photo: Frank McGrath
Orla Hilliard with her children Niamh (11), Katie (8) and Ella (4) at their home in Clonsilla. Photo: Frank McGrath

Jane O'Faherty

Students at a Dublin school and their parents will march on the Dáil over a 10-year delay in getting a new building.

St Mochta's School Build Action Group say a new school building was promised in 2006. However, the school in Porterstown, Co Dublin, is still waiting for the Department of Education to improve conditions there.

Orla Hilliard, whose two daughters attend the school, claims students and teachers have to do battle with damp, leaks and electricity faults.

She added that pupils often have to use buckets to control leaks in the ceiling.

"There are around 200 children who have to go to class in prefabs," she said.

She said she sent her children there in the hope they would have modern facilities.

"Myself and my husband went to the meeting before we sent our girls there, and we were told there would be a new building soon," she added.

"Our youngest daughter will be starting in September, and there's still no new building."


Orla (39) also said students were forced from a prefab into the school hall after rain caused an electricity fault.

"They had to crowd into one side of the hall, as there were other kids playing and doing PE," she said.

"Academically, the school is fantastic, and the teachers are doing the best they can," she added. "But the building is just too old."

The group of parents say the Department of Education promised a new build in 2006 if St Mochta's took on more pupils.

According to the group, the current building can cater for only half the current number enrolled.

Parents will protest outside Government Buildings on Wednesday.

They say St Mochta's is aware of the protest, but the school made no comment to the Irish Independent.

The Department of Education, meanwhile, did not respond to a request for comment.

Irish Independent

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