New information on special schools provided to Fianna Fáil’s Disability Spokesperson Margaret Murphy O’Mahony show once again that the Fine Gael party’s focus is on spin over substance.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was commenting after it was confirmed to her that building projects for seven special schools that the last Government made a commitment to start construction in 2016 and 2017 have yet to get off the ground.

“I tabled a question last week in the Dáil about ten special schools that were due to start construction over the last two years.

“What’s clear from the PQ reply is that the Government has only honoured its promises to three schools out of the original 10 so far. These pledges were originally made in late 2015 in the run up to the last General Election.

“If one was cynical, one would have to conclude that it was a populist, political stunt designed to convince voters in these communities that Fine Gael cared about their children’s education.  Fine Gael candidates in the run up to the last General Election made a lot of noise about these projects but there has been an absence of progress since then.

“The simple fact is that 70% of the schools are yet to move on from architectural planning stage.

“It’s a sign that Fine Gael obsession with spin over substance continues to leave communities in limbo.

“Children with disabilities in these communities are in desperate need for these new facilities. Making promises to children and then not delivering isn’t on in my opinion,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.