The campaign appreciates Senator Catherine Noone’s efforts raising the shortage of second-level places in Kildare South in the Seanad on 26th September last.
The reply she received from Minister of State at the Department of Education & Skills, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor is however disappointing.
The Minister referenced the Report commissioned by our Campaign, based on data from Census 2016, and quite wrongly inferred a contradiction between the findings and the census data contained therein.
The report was submitted to Minister Bruton on 28th August last, however we have yet to receive a reply from his office to indicate that the content has been read and reviewed by the relevant officials. We are also still waiting on a reply to our request for a meeting.
Despite the Department’s reluctance to engage with the evidence of a shortfall in second level places we look forward to the results of their ongoing demographic exercises & promised Review of second-level school places in South Kildare, expected before the end of the year.
The outputs of this review are now quite urgent. Any delay in this process is further threatening the ability of children to attend second-level education in their own area of South Kildare, and increasing pressure on the local schools.
We ask yet again for a meeting with the Forward Planning Section of the Department of Education and Skills, and for our local representatives to continue to support the aim of our three year, voluntary campaign.