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Cllr Brigid Manton (FF)

Cllr Brigid Manton (FF)

Cllr Brigid Manton (FF)

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A Swords councillor has asked Fingal County Council to engage with a school in Swords that needs a new home if it is to expand to meet local demand.

Cllr Brigid Manton brought the plight of Fingal Community College in Swords to the attention of the council at a recent Area Committee Meeting.

The Fianna Fáil councillor asked the council to initiate talks with the Deparment of Eeducation and the local Education and Training Board “with a view to moving Fingal Community College off the confined site they are on between North Street and Seatown Lane”.

The Swords-based councillor also suggested the council eventually acquire the current school site and integrated it into its plans for the Swords Cultural Quarter in the same area.

The Culutral Quarter project is aimed at transforming the area from Swords Castle, right the way down North Street towards Seatown with a new public realm and a flagship Civic and Cultural Centre at the Seatown end of North Street that will house the town’s relocated public library as well as provide exhibition spaces and a performance auditorium.

Cllr Manton suggested the council acquire the site “for the town or at least have a long term plan for its use, as the Swrods Cultural Quarter is due to be built around this site which will have to be vacated by this school as the site is too constrained for a modern educational facility”.

She asked: “Do we want to pour millions into a cultural quarter and end up with an empty building beside it as these are all publicly owned assets which with a little good will and cooperation could be used to best advantage for the town and people of Swords?”

In a written response, ,the local authority explained: “The existing Fingal Community College secondary school site on Seatown Road is not required for the council’s immediate plans for the Swords Cultural Quarter and the council will not seek to acquire the site in the short-term.

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“However, the council will make enquires with the Department of Education, DDLETB and Fingal Community College with a view to determining their medium to long-term plans for the school and whether it is anticipated that the school may need to relocate for expansion purposes.

“Once this information has been ascertained the council will be in a position to consider whether the site has any potential in terms of the development of Swords Cultural Quarter.”


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