Cork North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan has said that a decision on the patronage of the new primary school in Ballincollig will be announced in the next number of weeks.

Deputy Moynihan was commenting following receipt of a parliamentary reply from the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton which confirmed that a number of patronage bodies have applied to run the school which is due to open in September 2017.

“As we know, parents were asked by a variety of potential patronage bodies about their preference for the medium of instruction, either Gaeilge or English, and the type of school ethos.

“It’s now the start of March. It’s less than six months until the school is supposed to open and accept pupils.

“Parents are getting increasingly anxious about whether there will be a place for their children come September. This process has been ongoing for some time, and it’s high time the Minister made his mind up, and put parent’s minds at ease.

“The Minister has informed me that four applications are currently being reviewed by his Department, and a final assessment reports will be forwarded to the Schools Establishment Group (NSEG), who will make a final report and recommendation. 

“Parents, and local residents, will be able to view the assessment reports and the final recommendations of the NSEG on the Department’s website, www.education.ie. Copies will also be available in my Ballincollig constituency office on the Main Street,” concluded Moynihan.