VEC seeks new school patronage

VEC school authorities in Maynooth are campaigning for an enlarged Maynooth post primary school, incorporating two post primary, junior and senior schools for the site on the outskirts of the town.

VEC school authorities in Maynooth are campaigning for an enlarged Maynooth post primary school, incorporating two post primary, junior and senior schools for the site on the outskirts of the town.

But at a well attend AGM of Maynooth Post Primary Parents Teachers Association (PTA), on October 13, Gaelscoil supporters expressed grave disappointment at an announcement by Kildare CEO, Sean Ashe, that there would be no Gaelcolaiste.

Mr Ashe also said other patrons had approached the VEC with regard to a joint patronage.

Mairin Ni Cheileachair, principal of Maynooth’s primary Gaelscoil said: “There are 1,500 children getting education through Irish in the area and the VEC has failed them tonight,” she said.

The PTA/VEC group is urging the Minister to put both a junior and senior school, under the patronage of the VEC, on the site up the Moyglare road.

But other potential patrons have expressed interest.

Mr Ashe said the VEC has been approached by other groups and was in discussions.

He urged parents to “be clear” on the type of patronage being offered and not to be “bamboozled” with arguments.

One possibility now is a joint VEC/Educate Together patronage. The VEC say their proposal would be cost efficient and would provide an Aonad or Irish speaking stream to cater for those wanting that.

The meeting was also told that two different schools on the same road could be divisive. While assurances were given that parents will have their say – via a vote – the power lies solely with the Minister for Education.

Kildare North TD, Bernard Durkan (FG) said the Minister would have “due regard” to all submissions and views and Deputy Emmet Stagg said the parents views would have the heaviest weighting in the Minister’s mind.