One school toilet for 230 students, Kildare meeting hears

Council worries over school delay and places for students

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress


One school toilet for 230 student Kildare meeting hears

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 A South Kildare school has just one toilet for 230 young students a public meeting heard this week.

Cllr Mark Wall described the overcrowded conditions at St Paul's school in Monasterevin at last Monday’s Kildare County Council meeting during a discussion on an agreed proposal that Kildare County Council should write to the Minister for Education over delays in getting new school facilities.

Cllr Thomas Redmond asked the Council to write to the Minister highlighting the need to deliver schools in Kildare, especially south Kildare.

Cllr Redmond said there were more toilets in the Council building that in St Paul's in Monasterevin.

Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy and others said that there was a problem with local places for children going from primary to secondary school.

Cllr Wall said in the Athy area some students are being advised to move to Naas, but the meeting heard that Naas is also under pressure for places.

There was concern over a six month delay in the construction of new facilities at St Paul's.

Cllr Suzanne Doyle said the Council should be requiring education places in housing planning permissions, as they are as essential as water, roads and lights.