There is a need to extend the provision of co-educational, multi-denominational education in the Dublin 7 area. At Pelletstown and Ashtown, 3,000 units of housing have been built in the past ten to fifteen years. There is one primary school but there is no secondary school for the families who make up a large proportion of those 3,000 households. There is a massive need and want for an accessible secondary school for local families.
The Minister for Education has indicated that talks are ongoing between the City of Dublin Education and Training Board, and Educate Together in relation to extending the co-educational and multi-denominational educational provision at Cabra Community College. I am supportive of these talks and asked the Minister for an update of their progress.
In response, the Minister said:
“The Cabra_Phibsboro_Dublin 7 school planning area is currently served by eight post-primary schools, including the school referred to by the Deputy which is currently under the patronage of City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB).
“This school, which has a current enrolment of some 120 pupils in the 2018/19 school year, is co-educational and multi-denominational in nature and provides for the local community and could potentially bring additional capacity of this nature to the area.
“As the Deputy has indicated, CDETB and Educate Together have been working together in relation to extending the co-educational and multi-denominational educational provision at the school referred to in a partnership patronage arrangement. While the discussions are a matter for the bodies concerned in the first instance, I understand that significant progress has been made in this regard and work is continuing over the summer period. I have indicated my support for this initiative and my Department will continue to engage with the bodies concerned in this regard.”