A Cork school may be unable to enrol more children next year due to delays in capital funding investment that was promised almost three years ago.
St Brogan’s College in Bandon was included in the School Capital Programme in 2017, and was due for an extension which would include four mainstream classrooms and two resource classrooms.
West Cork TD Michael Collins (Ind) said that in the same year, Fine Gael politicians in west Cork announced that the Department of Education and Skills had approved the provision of permanent accommodation for St Brogan's College in Bandon.
“Even the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, in answering at the time in place of the Taoiseach stated the provision of the extension had been given the green light for the allocation of funding.
“We are close to 2020 and not one shovel of earth has been turned at St Brogan's College in Bandon,” he added.
“This is leaving the school and parents in Bandon and surrounding areas in another nightmare scenario as there will be no room at the school for many pupils who will have to go elsewhere.
“Were the people of Bandon misled and why have the four mainstream classrooms and two resource teaching rooms not been built as promised three years ago?” asked Deputy Collins.
In response to Mr Collins, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh moved to reassure him that “there is a capital plan for 2020 and that capital funding increased from €740 million in 2018 by €200 million in 2019.
“Activity will continue apace, with €620 million to be spent on schools next year,” he said.
Deputy Collins said that he was seriously concerned with the Minister’s reply.
“He was not specific to the funding that was promised for St Brogans College, which again this year could leave up to a hundred children unable to be enrolled to St Brogans Bandon,” he warned.