Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education & Skills Thomas Byrne has given a cautious welcome to the agreement reached with five Educate Together schools in Tramore, Trim, New Ross, Tuam and Castlebar.

Deputy Byrne said, “We cautiously welcome that the Department has agreed to let the schools expand to normal size.  This is what we called for and advocated for.  However, we note that site restrictions are still in place at some of the schools.

“While the Government talks and spins a lot about increasing multi denominational education, the reality of the situation is completely different.  This particular issue at these schools clearly exposed the spin over substance approach.

“The 400 new multi denominational schools promised by the Government are nowhere to be seen, despite multiple press releases from the Minister.

“This situation cannot become the norm – only in exceptional circumstances, should a school be allowed to be established in an urban area on a half stream basis,” concluded Deputy Byrne.