Department must press ahead with new Rush school
Fine Gael Local Area Representative for Rush and Lusk Bob Dowling has welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Education, Joe McHugh TD that additional accommodation will be provided for St. Joseph's Secondary School in Rush but has demanded the Department of Education press ahead with securing the land for a new school building for St Joseph's.
The additional accommodation will consist of four new classrooms, which will be rented accommodation to the school which only highlights the pressing need for a new school building in Rush, according to Mr Dowling.
He state: 'While this news is welcome, the fact that this accommodation will be rented shows clearly that the people of Rush are in dire need of a new secondary school building.
'There is currently a waiting list of over 100 pupils wishing to access St. Joseph's.
'We need the Department to liaise with Fingal County Council to purchase the land that has been allocated for a new school in the County Development Plan. There is 14 acres of land off the Park Road in Rush which will provide for a new secondary school building, and this needs to happen immediately.'
Former student of St. Joseph's and regular community volunteer Niall Gosson agreed that the provision for a new secondary school is key for the area.