Fianna Fáil TD for Wicklow and East Carlow Stephen Donnelly has raised in the Dáil the need for immediate action to secure the opening of St. Philomena’s National School and Coláiste Ráithín following the collapse of Carillion.

Deputy Donnelly, who attended a meeting of parents and teachers on Monday night raised the issue with Minister Bruton during a debate on the affected schools.

Deputy Donnelly commented, “Last night I attended a meeting of parents, staff and students of Cólaiste Ráithín. The school community is deeply frustrated and angry at this further delay. They are also very concerned that the liquidation process Carillion is now in could delay the opening of the schools for months, or even longer.

“This cannot be allowed to happen. I have asked for clear dates to be provided, and for a contingency plan to be put in place, if it looks like the schools will not be accessible in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, the Minister did not indicate when this is likely to be resolved. He stated that a ‘rectification plan’ is being developed, but when I asked for indicative dates for when this plan would be in place, he did now answer.

“I will be working closely with Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson, Thomas Byrne, to ensure that all possible pressure is being applied, and that we get a timeline – the students, the staff and the parents all deserve the new schools building, and deserve to know when they’re going to be in it.”