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Friday 20 April 2018

Portmarnock/Malahide school site is in Swords

Aoife Kelly-Gibson, Principal of Malahide Portmarnock ETSS
Aoife Kelly-Gibson, Principal of Malahide Portmarnock ETSS

John Manning

After a year's delay in finding a site for the school, the Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together Seconday School will be able to open this September but the school's temporary site is not located in either Malahide or Portmarnock, but in Swords.

Educate Together has announced that the Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together Secondary School will open in temporary accommodation in the Riasc Centre in Swords Business Park, off the Feltrim Road.

The school opening, initially due in 2017, was postponed due to the difficulties in sourcing adequate accommodation.

Aoife Kelly-Gibson, Principal of Malahide Portmarnock ETSS said: 'I am delighted to be in a position to announce the temporary location for Malahide Portmarnock ETSS. It's been a long road to this point but now that we have a base we can continue to establish what I believe will be a fantastic school and a great asset to the community it serves.

'I look forward to welcoming our new teachers, our parents and most of all, our brand new students who will be joining us on this exciting journey.'

Gerry McKevitt, school manager of Malahide Portmarnock ETSS, said: 'I would like to commend Aoife and the school community of Malahide Portmarnock ETSS for their patience and resilience during the last year while we sought accommodation for the school. We are grateful to the management and staff at the Riasc Centre for their co-operation.'

Malahide Portmarnock ETSS will open to First Years starting secondary school, this year.

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has welcomed the news, saying: 'I am delighted that temporary accommodation has been secured for the Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together in the Riasc Centre, Swords Business Park, off the Feltrim Road. Having secured this temporary accommodation, the school will now open to incoming students this September.'

However, the local TD said there is more work to be done in satisfying the educational needs of the community in Malahide and Portmarnock.

He said: 'While this is certainly positive, work must continue to secure a permanent home for the Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together Secondary School.

'This investment in our local educational infrastructure will be further enhanced when Portmarnock Community School is provided with a new school building.'

Deputy Farrell said: 'The opening of the new Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together Secondary School will also benefit both Malahide Community College and Portmarnock Community School by providing more options for parents and students, and subsequently assisting in addressing the challenges both schools are facing in terms of the number of incoming students each year.'

Congratulating all involved in securing the temporary site to allow the school to establish itself, Deputy Farrell said: 'I would like to commend the principal, the Educate Together movement, committed parents groups, Fingal County Council, the Department of Education and Skills and all members of the wider community who have been involved in delivering this new school for our local community for the hard work they have undertaken in this regard. I also wish to commend Swords Baptist Church for facilitating this temporary accommodation for Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together Secondary School, until its permanent home is delivered in the immediate vicinity.'

He concluded: 'I will continue to actively engage with my Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and his Department to secure a permanent home for Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together National School.'

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