Fianna Fáil TD for Wicklow Stephen Donnelly has called on Minister for Education Richard Bruton to conduct a capacity study, as a matter of urgency, for a new secondary school in Greystones.

Deputy Donnelly said, “The turning point in the campaign for Greystones Community National School was a meeting I had with Department officials in Tullamore, where we challenged their growth projections. Greystones has a rapidly growing population, which wasn’t being factored into projections. Once this was changed, the numbers made the case for the new Charlesland school.

“Every year I speak with parents worried about secondary school places. The town is blessed with two fantastic secondary schools. However, every day many, many students leave the town for school, which is not as it should be. And the number of students is growing fast.

“So it’s time to see what the Department thinks – do the numbers stack up? If so, we need to start thinking about a new school now. In my previous experience campaigning for Greystones Community National School, the process is a long and drawn out, and may take a number of years. I kicked off the GCNS campaign several years ago, and we’re only now getting planning permission for the new build.

“I’ve asked the Minister for Education to conduct a full demographic analysis of future need in the area with a view to ensuring that there is space long term for these children. If future demand is recognised, we must have started the process already.”