Political reps unite in support of Drimnagh schoolPadraig Conlon 05 Jan 2023
Local elected representatives have expressed support for the board’s decision to use a Drimnagh school to house Ukrainian women over Christmas.
This follows a protest near Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School on the Mourne Road, Drimnagh on Tuesday night.
The school released a statement after the protest clarifying that part of the school was used as emergency accommodation over Christmas and the school is now empty.
“For some of the Christmas break, a small section of the school was used as emergency accommodation by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth,” the school’s statement said.
“This happened between December 23 and January 3 and is now over.”
Another protest took place last night, with protesters arriving again this morning as children returned to school.
In a joint statement* released yesterday, TDs and City Councillors from various parties in Dublin South Central said:
“We support the decision made by the board of management at Our Lady of Mercy secondary school, Drimnagh to allow Ukrainian women stay in the school over Christmas while the school was closed.
“This was the right and proper thing to do. These women were fleeing the war in Ukraine and were in urgent need of accommodation. The women left yesterday, allowing the school to prepare for the reopening tomorrow.
“The school issued a short statement to all the parents explaining the situation and confirming the school will reopen as planned.
“We want to wish the pupils and staff all the very best as they return to school tomorrow.”
*Statement Issued by
Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD
Patrick Costello TD
Bríd Smith TD
Joan Collins TD
Cllr. Daithí Doolan
Cllr. Vincent Jackson
Cllr. Sophie Nicoullaud
Cllr. Daithí DeRoiste
Cllr. Hazel de Nortúin