Dáil Issues, Education, Local Issues, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps being taken to accommodate 200 students from a school (details supplied) that have had to vacate a school building due to significant structural issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) Ardgillan Community College?

REPLY

I wish to advise the Deputy that arrangements have been put in place by the School to accommodate all students affected as a result of the decision to close Phase 1 of the school building.  Transition Year students will be accommodated within the school, while the adjacent Community Centre has made its premises available to the School while the issues with the Phase 1 building are being addressed.  All students will have access to the necessary practical rooms, with access to a woodwork room being offered by a local secondary school.

 

Events, Foreign Affairs, International, Meetings

Features

By Kevin Higgins

after Carolyn Forché

 

Beamed into one’s living room via satellite,

or framed in syndicated photographs

on the quality papers’ foreign pages, even

their black or missing front teeth

have a strange beauty.

 

The shanty town dwellers of La Paz,

in their hand woven red and green ponchos,

carry themselves in a fashion

which puts to shame the post office queue

scraggy mother of two,  with change

in her slovenly wallet for lottery tickets,

but not shampoo.

 

Nothing against the locals.

But even the skeletal colosseum cats have a grace

which the one I ran over on my way

to this morning’s Amnesty

International meeting absolutely lacked.

 

The ongoing pain of the Yazidi women

and the entire Choctaw nation (every generation)

is best struggled with over a fair trade salad

in one of the more radical tea shops

on Sandymount Strand.

 

In comparison, one admits,

our local Others – with their dole

day drunkenness, and lack of imagination

which has seen them prosaically wander the roads

these past thousand years – just

don’t cut the whole grain mustard.

 

When they start mouthing Civil Rights

and municipal water cannon, or

police batons get over enthusiastic

on their irresponsibly positioned skulls,

people like me will feel forced to pass by

on the other side, checking our messages

for pictures of unfamiliars being

deliciously maltreated

anywhere else.

Human Rights

The Position of the Tuam Home Survivors Network in agreeing to meet Government members on Monday 22nd October 2018.

Birth and Death Certificates for the former Tuam Home number 1101 births within the Home and 796 deaths within the Home. Of those recorded as dying within the Home, slightly in excess of 79% failed to reach the age of one year.

The graveyard records of Galway County Council disclose burial places for just two of those children. Despite the previous knowledge of both Galway County Council and the Bon Secours Order, the presence of large numbers of infant remains was finally confirmed by an exploratory dig at the Tuam site in October 2016. It further confirmed that the resting place of those remains had, for some decades, served as repository for sewerage.

That partial excavation confirmed what was already reasonably believed – that a large number at least of the children who had died as inmates of the Home, for whom no burial records exist, lie with the remains of that sewerage system.
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