New Ballincollig gaelscoil will open in local rugby club

New Ballincollig gaelscoil will open in local rugby club

A permanent site for Ballincollig's Gaelscoil has not yet been found and the national school will open in temporary accommodation at the local rugby club this September.

Minister For Education Richard Bruton said officials in his Department have engaged with officials at Cork County Council regarding possible site acquisitions but could not comment further due to “commercial sensitivities”.

It was announced in May that Ballincollig would get a second gaelscoil due to growing demand in the area. The existing Gaelscoil Uí Ríordán moved to a new permanent home in the town in recent years. Enrollment for the new gaelscoil has already begun.

Local TD Aindrias Moynihan said a permanent site must be identified as soon as possible to minimise disruption for students and the community.

“We must ensure that children do not stay in temporary accommodation for longer than is necessary,” he said.

“The Minister also informed me that Departmental officials have also engaged with Cork County Council with a view to identifying and acquiring a suitable permanent site to accommodate the school. This cannot happen quickly enough. The recent Local Area Plan identified a number of sites locally that should be zoned for education purposes.

“It’s imperative that negotiations with landowners progress as quickly as possible to ensure that the amount of time spent in temporary accommodation is as low as it can be. The school community will grow and prosper much more quickly once it is located in a permanent building.

“We need to reduce the amount of disruption in the school lives of the children, and the sooner a permanent location is secured, the better for everyone concerned.

“I will continue to raise this issue with Minister Bruton to ensure that the process is concluded as quickly as possible,” he added.

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