Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has said that pupils and parents in Kilmacthomas and the wider area can now enjoy the Summer Break as the WWETB announced that all 168 pupils enrolled will get a place.

Deputy Butler added, “168 pupils have enrolled for the coming school year.  However, there has been serious concern among many parents that not every child would be accommodated this September due to a capacity issue.

“I was informed by my Fianna Fáil colleague, Cllr. Michael J. Ryan, Vice Chair of Waterford Education and Training Board that all pupils would be accommodated.

“This is an issue I have worked on very hard over the past number of months. Working closely with parents, I went straight to the top and questioned the Taoiseach, and I am delighted that common sense has prevailed.

“This is incredibly positive news, and I know that the pupils and children are thrilled with the news. As a past pupil myself, I know that the standard of education on offer at St. Declan’s is second to none. The school promotes a comprehensive, student-centred curriculum while still holding through to its vocational roots ensuring that children leave school with practical skills for life.

“The CEO of Waterford and Wexford ETB has informed me that all parents will be informed of the decision. From speaking to some parents, there is a palpable relief that it has been resolved, and they and their children can enjoy the rest of the summer.

“In essence, the school has become a victim of its own success. More and more pupils want to go to school there, and it’s essential that long term planning commences to increase capacity in the school to ensure that all local pupils can secure a place.

“I will raise the need for long term capacity increases at St. Declan’s with the Minister for Education and Skills, but today is a good day for the school, the community, the parents and the pupils,” concluded Butler.