Concerns over delays for new school in Monasterevin

'Every effort is being made to expedite the process': Department of Education

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Concerns continue over delays for St Paul's in Monasterevin

Committee members, Linda Sinnott, Andrea Lonergan, Rosemary Morrissey, Naoimi Harrison, Chairman Aidan MAhon, Susan Higins, Tom Ryan, pictured the march for a new school last year

The Department of Education has confirmed that ‘every effort is being made’ to finalise the new site for St Paul’s Secondary school in Monasterevin.

A meeting was held on Monday night with local representatives and the school committee over delays in the planning process for the secondary school. Questions were raised about the delay in the Department's acquisition of the site at Moore Abbey and the likely impact on the tendering process for the new school.

The Department of Education has in response confirmed in a statement to Ceann Comhairle Sean O’Fearghail that they are currently involved in ongoing engagement with the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and the vendor’s solicitors, in order to finalise this legal transaction.

“Every effort is being made to expedite the process and bring this transaction to a successful conclusion. The Department will shortly be issuing a letter to the school outlining proposed dates for tender and construction.”

Meanwhile Kildare South TD Fiona O'Loughlin also raised the issue in the Dail recently. The school is at full capacity with prefabs in use for class rooms.

"I raised my concerns over issues that may cause delays to the 2020 completion of a new build for St Pauls Secondary School in Monasterevin," she said.

"The school has been waiting 16 years for the new building and concerns over the new site are extremely worrying for teachers, students and parents. The number of students doubled in 10 years and there are only two toilet cubicles for 207 boys. Teachers have no staff room and there are old, damp prefabs currently in use."

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