Monday 10 December 2018

Molaga's granted 'temporary' rooms

St Molaga's NS.
St Molaga's NS.

John Manning

While the campaign goes on to secure a much needed and long promised permanent new school building for St Molaga's SNS in Balbriggan, the school has been granted approval to secure more temporary accommodation on the site to cater for this year's influx of new pupils.

Senator James Reilly and Cllr Tom O'Leary (FG) wrote to the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD on the issue and recently received a reply, stating: 'I am delighted to confirm that the Department of Education has informed Senator James Reilly that the temporary new accommodation the school applied for has been approved by the Department of Education.

'I look forward to progress on the plan for the new permanent school and I wish you well at your upcoming meeting in February 2018 with the Building Section Department of Education.'

While the news will be welcomed at the school as a short-term solution to St Molaga's accommodation crisis, the campaign to secure a permanent new school building for the Balbriggan primary school goes on.

The school will hope that this latest addition to its temporary prefab accommodation is not on site as long as its 17-year-old 'temporary' classrooms which school authorities are desperate to replace with a permanent new school building.

The meeting referred to in the Minister's response is one granted by the Department of Education to school authorities at St Molaga's to discuss their need for a permanent new school building.

Welcoming the Department's agreement to that meeting, Senator James Reilly said: 'This is long overdue and the proposal for a new school building here has my support.

'I visited the school along with local Cllr Tom O'Leary before Christmas and I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and ethos of this school, where conditions are not ideal for students and staff in an old outdated building structure. However, they are producing excellent results and they have my support for a new school structure at this excellent central location in Balbriggan near the town and beside Bremore Castle, the playing fields of O'Dwyer's GAA, local soccer clubs and other amenities.'

Senator Reilly added: 'I look forward to working with the school committees, parents committee, the school patron and the school principal to progress this long overdue project and deliver a new school at St Mologa's in Balbriggan.'

The school wants a new permanent structure to replace its temporary prefabs but while the wait continues for that development, the Balbriggan school will require two further temporary classrooms, which have been granted by the Department of Education.

While that move is welcome, Senator Reilly said: 'We need to move this new school proposal into the rapid build programme as soon as possible.'

'Let's get on with constructing this new school,' he concluded.

Fingal Independent