Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistri, located in Donegal Town, is housed in 4 prefabs and is in ‘urgent need of repair’ according to Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle.
Pringle was alerted by the Parent’s Association that no support had been received from the Department of Education on previous funding applications despite the poor condition of the school.
In a last-ditch effort, an application has since been made for a ‘devolved grant’ which would give the school access to funding for small-scale works where there is an urgent need of repair and renovation.
‘I am urging the Minister to consider Gaelscoil Máistri for this funding. There have been consistent health and safety concerns with the school building. Four freezing prefabs with poor insulation and single glaze windows are a great distraction to the children attending the school. They deserve better’ says Pringle.
‘What is frustrating is that planning permission has been granted to build a new 8 classroom school on a site which the Department already owns. It’s even fully serviced with water, sewerage and electricity facilities. But the school needs funding so it can progress to the construction stage as soon as possible’ continues Pringle.
‘I urge the Minister to consider Gaelscoil Máistri’s application for this vital funding and remind her of the Government’s commitment to support rural communities’ concludes Pringle.Tags: