Donnelly calls for new school in Charlesland
THE need for a new school in Charlesland was raised in the Dáil last week by Deputy Stephen Donnelly.
Deputy Donnelly said there was a great need for a primary school in the area to serve the children of Greystones, Kilcoole and Delgany.
'Last week I raised the issue with Minister Quinn in the Dáil during a debate on new legislation to regulate the school admissions process. I have also sent him documentation outlining the case for the new school to serve Greystones, Kilcoole and Delgany, and hope to hear back from him shortly.
'The documentation I gave the Minister includes figures that the Department of Education recently released to me that show the huge increase in demand for junior infants places since 2008. This data, coupled with projected population numbers for North Wicklow, clearly shows the need for a school in the area. It also illustrates what an excellent job the existing local schools have done in accommodating as many children as possible.'
Deputy Donnelly said that the number of junior infants in each of the Greystones primary schools are on the increase and have been for the past number of years.
He said that Greystones Number 2 School took in 27 junior infants in 2008 but this had risen to 51 in 2013.
Delgany NS had an intake of 26 students in 2008 and 31 students last year, St. Brigid's had 47 new students in 2008 rising to 67 last year while St. Kevin's had an intake of 66 in 2008 and 86 last year. St. Laurence's took in 70 junior infants in 2008 but this had increased to 105 last year. The Educate Together School had numbers of 25 in 2008 but had more than doubled to 65 last year while the Gaelscoil had an intake in 2008 of 17 junior infants but an intake of 66 junior infants last year.
In total he said the seven primary schools in the area had an intake of 278 junior infants in 2008 but this had rocketed to 471 last year.