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Wednesday 24 January 2018

School cleaner appeals for job to Archbishop

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

John Manning

One of the now unemployed cleaners at the centre of the dispute at St Cronan's National school has taken her appeal to the Archbishop of Dublin who is the patron of the school.

Lorraine Reilly wrote to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and told him: 'I have been a cleaner in St.Cronans SNS for 18 years. I have worked under three principals and numerous Boards Of Management. Our Parish priest Fr. Paul Thornton is currently the chairperson of our Board Of Management.'

Lorraine explained that last November, the cleaners' jobs were outsourced to Ailesbsury Cleaning and initially, the transition went well. She explained: 'The transition was OK. Various meetings took place with cleaners, Siptu, Ailesbury and representatives of the Board of Management.'

Lorraine explained that the situation changed this summer: 'The Board of Management decided in June to no longer use Ailesbury.'

A company called AFM took over.

The cleaners thought that their jobs would be safe but that turned out not to be the case.

Lorraine said: 'I am now unemployed. I have two children and a house to run. I am currently struggling financially as fresh air does not feed my kids nor pay my bills. I gave 18 years of good service and hard work to the school.'

She explained she felt 'hard done by' by the parish she had spent her life supporting and she appealed for the Archbishop's help in resolving the dispute.

Fingal Independent

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