The lack of school places in Ballincollig is a worry with 'no progress' on a new secondary school

The lack of school places in Ballincollig is a worry with 'no progress' on a new secondary school

A new secondary school for Ballincollig was promised over a year and a half ago by the Minister for Education. Picture Denis Minihane.

The lack of secondary school places in Ballincollig is causing “unnecessary stress” for parents trying to find school places for their children in the area.

A new secondary school for Ballincollig was promised over a year and a half ago by the then Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton. 

However, Cork North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan (FF), has claimed that little or no progress has been made on the project and that parents are struggling to find school places for their children.

He questioned the government’s commitment to the project in the Dail this week.

Deputy Moynihan said it was not good enough that parents are put through “unnecessary stress” each year making applications to over-subscribed local schools not knowing if their child would be accepted.

He asked the Taoiseach when the project will progress.

“As it stands, no progress has been made and the process of identifying a patron hasn’t even begun," he said. 

“Parents in Ballincollig, Ballinora, Ovens, even out as far as Aherla, are finding it extremely stressful trying to get places for first years for the year ahead in local schools My understanding is that a site can only be identified following the appointment of a patron.

“If the Government is to meet their target of opening the school in 2021 then they need to hurry up and get moving.

“Enrolment for 2021 will be taking place this time next year and parents need to know what the plans are for this new school. The Minister for Education needs to get the process of finding a patron underway and he needs to put it to the top of his list.”

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