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Drogheda Implementation Board welcomes more resources for three primary schools

St. Brigid’s and St. Patrick’s, St. Joseph’s CBS primary and Presentation Primary School will benefit.

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Edel Ni Bhroin (Scoil Aonghusa), Sarah Bradley (St. Joseph’s CBS), Lorraine White (St. Brigid’s and St. Patrick’s), Nora Bradley (Presentation NS) and Audrey Lynch (Presentation NS).

Edel Ni Bhroin (Scoil Aonghusa), Sarah Bradley (St. Joseph’s CBS), Lorraine White (St. Brigid’s and St. Patrick’s), Nora Bradley (Presentation NS) and Audrey Lynch (Presentation NS).

Edel Ni Bhroin (Scoil Aonghusa), Sarah Bradley (St. Joseph’s CBS), Lorraine White (St. Brigid’s and St. Patrick’s), Nora Bradley (Presentation NS) and Audrey Lynch (Presentation NS).

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Drogheda Implementation Board welcome the news that the Department of Education has allocated additional resources to three schools on the northside of Drogheda – St. Brigid’s and St. Patrick’s on Bothar Brugha, St. Joseph’s CBS primary at Sunday’s Gate and Presentation Primary School on the Ballymakenny Road.

The schools have been given additional supports for a fixed term of five years to support the implementation of evidence-based programmes and initiatives which build school capacity to respond to the needs of their students in relation to the issues outlined in the Scoping Report into Community Safety and Wellbeing in Drogheda.

This was a key action in the Drogheda Report Implementation Plan and the Department of Education state that they are committed to engaging with the Department of Justice in relation to the other recommendations of the report and the whole of Government approach to addressing the issues in Drogheda.

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The Board acknowledges the interim supports provided by the Department of Education to the schools since 2021 in response to the Drogheda Report Implementation Plan whilst they were undertaking a national review of DEIS status. They also recognises the strong support provided by local representatives to the schools during this period.

Drogheda Implementation Board was set up late last year after the publication of the Geiran Report on Community Safety and Wellbeing in Drogheda. The report included over 70 recommendations to improve community safety and wellbeing which were listed as actions in the Drogheda Report Implementation Plan, agreed to at cabinet level.

Louth TD Fergus O’Dowd said this will greatly enhance the capacity of the teaching staff to continue to deliver top class programmes and initiatives to students such as the Incredible Years programme.

"I wish to thank Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and Minister for Education Norma Foley for their commitment to a whole of Government approach to dealing with the significant problems arising in Drogheda from the impact of trauma and crime and supporting where possible the recommendations arising from the Guerin report in Drogheda,” he told the Drogheda Independent. “While a lot has been delivered there is always more to do and I will continue to work with Government ministers and other Agencies and community groups to ensure local needs are met and local voices heard. I will continue to press for Deis Urban Band 1 designation” .

The Board has been identified as the core driver and coordinator of change in Drogheda through the actions outlined in this Plan. The Drogheda Implementation Board is supported by the Department of Justice and hosted by LMETB.

If you would like to find out more about the Drogheda Implementation Board go to www.droghedaimplementationboard.ie.


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