Department of Education and Skills,
Ref: 1801593 /KM
Dear Minister Bruton,
We refer to our letter of the 16th March 2018 and we are disappointed that we have received no response to date.
Since that letter the Department of Education and Skills announced a number of new schools in April. While we welcome the announcement, the exclusion of Dublin 8 and Dublin 12 from the catchment area for the proposed school in Harold’s Cross (or indeed any school) is most disheartening and in our view lacks logic.
We have however noted the reference to a “Regional Solution” being applied to Harold’s Cross proposed school and we are calling formally on the Department to use this to extend the catchment area to Dublin 8 and Dublin 12, two areas totally neglected in the provisions of appropriate second level school options.
As previously stated we are a group of parents resident in Dublin 6, Dublin 6W, Dublin 8 and Dublin 12 with children attending a variety of primary schools together in the area.
There is a lack of access to a co-educational, multi-denominational, democratically run, non-fee paying second level school in our area to service the needs of our Community. There is no harmonious transition to second level available to this community.
We are ready and can provide the Department of Education and Skills with a cohesive solution to address patronage and demographic demand for this geographical area. We have a database of over 1,000 parents resident in the Dublin 6, Dublin 6W, Dublin 8 and Dublin 12 area who clearly in the interest of inclusivity, request a secondary school under the patronage of Educate Together in and to serve this geographical area. The children of this geographical area are not currently catered for by any second level school with a similar ethos which is co-educational, provides a full curriculum and is not feepaying. The Harold’s Cross site presents a real and acceptable solution in this regard.
Please note that this is a formal expression of need and confirm that it has been noted bythe Department of Education and Skills and will be seriously considered. Please can you provide us as a matter of urgency with clarity on the above? In addition, we would like an opportunity to meet with you to give you more information on our membership, campaign and the appetite in the area for a co-educational, multi-denominational, democratically run, non-fee paying second level school. We attach our position paper, which illustrates clearly how we can help you as Minister of Education to meet with some of the aspirations in your programme in Government with regards to education.
Deirdre Brennan , Asumpta Sweeney