Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry John Brassil has called on the Education Minister to make funding available to the Holy Family national school in Rathmore to carry out essential roof repairs.

The problem, which was discovered earlier in the year, has resulted in water leaking into the electrical system.

Deputy Brassil explained, “I first raised this issue with Minister McHugh in May this year when the issue with the electrics first arose. However, the school has been unable to get the roof fixed because the Department has failed to allocate funding for the repair works.

“What has unfolded over the past few months has been ridiculous. An initial grant of €50,000 was allocated to carry out some temporary works under last year’s Emergency Works Programme, but that was subsequently withdrawn because the works were not deemed suitable. This week it was announced that €5,000 would be allocated to the school to replace a fire alarm, which has been damaged by the leak, but the school failed to qualify for the Summer Works Scheme funding needed to repair the leak itself.

“The conditions in the school, are not only unacceptable in the 21st century, they are bordering on unsafe. Children are moving their desks around in the classroom when it rains in order to avoid the leak.

“I am extremely disappointed that the Holy Family national school was left out of the Summer Works Scheme, especially when the conditions are so bad.

“I raised this issue in the Dáil again yesterday, and I am calling on the Minster to engage with his Departmental officials and see what emergency funding can be sourced for the school. Pupils and teachers are suffering, and there is no doubt that the situation is having an impact on the students’ education”, concluded Deputy Brassil.