People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has launched a petition calling on the Minister for Education to ensure that the proposed amalgamation of three secondary schools in Ballyfermot – St. John’s College, Caritas College and St Dominic’s College – is delivered with suitable facilities for students and staff.
Deputy Smith said: “While I welcome the aim of developing a new school by amalgamating St John’s, Caritas and St Dominic’s, we have to be clear that the plan must meet the educational needs and aspirations of the young people of Ballyfermot.
“I strongly object to what is currently proposed, as there is no plan to deliver a PE hall, canteen or on site care facilities for staff, students and parents.
“There aren’t even parking facilities. Parents and staff in Ballyfermot are contacting me and are extremely concerned.
“The Minister for Education is proposing that such facilities may be provided at some stage in the future, but she makes no guarantees.
“That’s not good enough.
“To propose a new educational facility that excludes the most fundamental requirements for development of body as well as mind is wholly irresponsible. “The young people of Ballyfermot don’t just deserve better, they deserve the best. This new school must deliver it.”
The petition is available online here.