Fianna Fáil TD for Clare, Timmy Dooley has expressed his extreme anger over a broken Government promise regarding PE facilities at Scoil Na Mainistreach in Quin.
Deputy Dooley heavily criticised a cynical visit to the school by former Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn before May’s local elections where he promised to provide funding for PE facilities at the school once the money became available. However, new Minister Jan O’Sullivan has informed Deputy Dooley that the provision of a PE Hall will now not happen.
He commented: “I am extremely frustrated and angered that Minister Jan O’Sullivan has reneged on a promise by her predecessor to ensure funding was made available for PE facilities at Scoil Na Mainistreach in Quin.
“In a deeply cynical pre-election move last May, former Minister Ruairí Quinn and Deputy Michael McNamara visited the school to view the ongoing extension project. There is a great need for general purpose/physical education facilities at the school and to suddenly change your mind after the local elections is a substantial blow for the school, its students and the Board of Management.
“Scoil Na Mainistreach is the only school of its size in Clare, which does not have these much-needed facilities. A school with a growing attendance of 300 pupils needs PE facilities and to renege on this promise is deplorable.
“A letter written by former Minister Quinn to the school in May promised to allocate funding for the PE facilities once the money became available.
“However, Minister O’Sullivan has stated to me in response to a Parliamentary Question that no funding will now be allocated. The current extension phase at the school is due to finish at the end of the year and without funding by then, the PE facilities will become nothing more than a pipe dream.
“With the public finances on a 7-year high; I am calling on the five local Government Oireachtas members in Clare to persuade the Minister that the project warrants investment. The deeply cynical pre-election appearance of Minister Quinn at the school will not be forgotten by locals in Quin unless this terrible and wrong decision is reversed.”