Minister’s Dail response on Maynooth school questions

Maynooth. Photo: Dessie Boland.
The two new schools proposed for Maynooth can operate successfully as two vertical schools, the Minister for Education has told the Dail.

The two new schools proposed for Maynooth can operate successfully as two vertical schools, the Minister for Education has told the Dail.

Responding to questions from Kildare North TD, Catherine Murphy in the Dail on 21 November, Mr. Quinn said this was “the optimum configuration for the two schools and indeed the best provision that can be made for the pupils in the area.”

A single Governing Authority for both will ensure that management of the campus effective as possible. Deputy Murphy said on Monday there is lot of anger and concern over the proposals.

Mr. Quinn said authority will be to develop and co-ordinate the overarching enrolment policy for both schools and each will have its own Board of Management.,

The Minister said the plan would provide the widest possible range of subjects for the pupils in both schools. It is envisaged that both schools will each cater for up to 1,000 pupils ultimately.

Mr. Quinn said his decision on patronage was “influenced chiefly by parental preferences.”