Statement on Pelletstown ETNS

Please find below a joint statement with Cllr Marie Sherlock on Pelletstown Educate Together.

Department of Education seeking to pass the buck for own failings

In recent days, we have been made aware that the Department of Education has attributed blame to Dublin City Council for the delay in sourcing temporary alternative accommodation for the school as the school has to vacate its current location this summer.

The delay in constructing the permanent school building has meant the school are currently having to look at two options for Sept. 2020, one which may require planning permission.

Local Labour Party Cllr Marie Sherlock has spoken to Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council and can confirm that the Department of Education has made no contact with any city council official to seek a pre planning meeting.

This is despite comments made by Department officials that the City Council has been refusing to engage. The City Council stands ready to meet the Department. 

Ultimately, this episode seems to be about the Department trying to deflect from its own delays and failure to deliver a permanent school building for Pelletstown Educate Together.