Slap in face for Gaelscoil
STUDENTS attending Gaelscoil de hÍde in Fermoy face an uncertain start to their academic year after the Department of Education turned down the school's request for funding for a prefab.
A wave of shock went through the school community when they received a letter from the Department saying the school has 'adequate accommodation in which to operate'.
The letter came at the same time as parents and teachers are campaigning for work to begin on a new school that was promised by the Department back in 2011 because of a lack of space.
"We were totally shocked to find out that, despite our well-publicised issues with space constraints, the department have still decided not to grant us funding for a prefab," said school principal Sean Mac Gearailt - adding: "No one visited the school to assess the need for more space.
Parents attending a meeting of the Gaelscoil de hÍde New School Action Group reacted with dismay to the news.
The school's population will rise to 410 from the new term, though the building is designed to accept far less.
"The prefab was to be placed in the school's playground and that was, in itself, a last resort. We didn't want to put one in and held onto the hope that the new school building we were promised in 2011 to be delivered by 2014 would come about ... but here we are with no new building and maybe now no prefab," said Principal Mac Gearailt.
Meanwhile, all six county councillors in the Fermoy Electoral area have joined forces to demand greater clarity and accountability in locating a site for the proposed new Gaelscoil de hÍde.