Cork village struggles to find school places for its students 

Cork village struggles to find school places for its students 

MORE than 30 school children in Carrigtwohill have been warned there may not be a place for them at the local secondary school

MORE than 30 schoolchildren in Carrigtwohill have been warned there may not be a place for them at the local secondary school next year due to capacity issues, a parent has revealed.

Carrigtwohill Community College is currently occupying a former office block and recently installed prefabs amid delays to a proposed three-school campus in the area that was promised in 2012.

Setbacks have dogged a project which would see Carrigtwohill Community College, Scoil Chlíodhna Community National School and Scoil Mhuire Naofa move to one central campus in the heart of Carrigtwohill, to the frustration of parents in the region.

A planning application for the three-school campus was recently rejected by Cork County Council, which is seeking more information on the proposal on issues such as pedestrian access.

Shane Lynch, a member of the group of parents calling for progress in the project, emailed the Department of Education.

“This week 30 plus children have been informed that there will be no place for them in Carrigtwohill Community College next September to begin their second level education due to the lack of facilities in the temporary office block they are currently occupying,” he said.

Mr Lynch accused the Department of failing to engage with Cork County Council on the issues it needs to address.

A spokesperson for Cork County Council told The Echo that it received a planning application from the Department of Education and Skills on July 5 this year and that a request to the Department for further information in August has gone unanswered.

In response to a recent email from Mr Lynch, a Department official said: “The Department’s Project Management team are actively working on the Request for Further Information (RFI) from the Local Authority with their design team. Once all responses have been addressed the RFI submission will be issued to the Local Authority.”

A DES spokesperson told The Echo that the Department is currently liaising with the patron of Carrigtwohill Community College, Cork Education and Training Board.

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