Local Fianna Fáil TD, Jim O’Callaghan has called on the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton to construct a new post-primary school on the Harold’s Cross site in Dublin 6.

The Deputy raised the matter in Dáil Eireann last night during a special debate when he said, “In May of this year the Dept of Education purchased the land at the former greyhound track in Harold’s Cross. How this land will be used by the state is a hugely important issue for the people in my constituency.

“Some years ago the Dept of Education approved the construction of a new post-primary school, to be completed by September 2018, to service the Dublin 2, 4, 6 and 8 area. Following a patronage process, Educate Together was approved to be the patron of the new secondary school.

“It is an urgent priority in our area that this school is constructed to alleviate the pressure on parents who are struggling to secure a school place for their children.

“There is limited choice for parents who wish to send their children to a non-paying secondary school that is multi-denominational and co-educational. There is huge demand for a school of this kind and Educate Together is an excellent model.

“The vacant site at Harold’s Cross is an ideal location, in the centre point of the area most in need of a new post-primary school. It is crucial that steps are taken to establish a new multi-denominational, co-educational, non-fee paying secondary school.

“This is an enormously positive project for our locality and one that I will continue to support and advocate in Dáil Eireann over the coming weeks,” concluded Deputy O’Callaghan.