Not good enough, must try harder…

Home Page // Dáil Issues // Education // Not good enough, must try harder…

Education, Oral Questions


Minister clearly has no idea the youth population in Swords as new second level is still many years away.

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding plans for a
new secondary school in Swords, in view of the population that exists and is
projected; the likely timescale for delivery of same; and the planned
improvements in the existing secondary schools all of which have been there for
– Clare Daly.

For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 8th July, 2014.
Reference Number: 29370/14


Minister Ruairí Quinn

In June 2011, I announced that some 20 new post-primary schools would be
established across the country up to 2016 to meet demographic needs. This
announcement did not include a new post-primary school for Swords.

My Department is currently reviewing demographics on a nationwide basis, which
will include the Swords area, to determine where additional post-primary
schools will be needed from 2016 onwards and to ensure that any such
accommodation is provided in a timely manner.

In the meantime, an extension project for St. Finian’s Community College in
Swords is included in my Department’s five year construction plan. This will
provide an additional 400 places for the Swords area when completed.

It is open to any of the other post-primary schools in the area to apply for
capital funding if they have particular needs.