Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has secured a commitment from the Education Minister to review an application by St. Brigid’s National School, Meath Hill for funding for additional accommodation.
The application was refused by the Department of Education & Skills last year, and the facilities have deteriorated further since then.
Deputy Smyth explained, “St. Brigid’s is a wonderful school – with 100 students and four very committed and enthusiastic teachers. However, the pupils and teachers are being let down by the Department, which is refusing to allocate funding for essential building works.
“The children are being taught in small, cramped classrooms – essentially the student body has outgrown the building, and there is a real need for additional space. At the moment, there is no PE hall, no storage, no principal’s office, no general office, no library and no disabled toilets. It’s simply not an acceptable environment for learning and development.
“I raised the situation in the school directly with Minister Joe McHugh in the Dáil this week and I am pleased that he has committed to “check that specific application out”. I will follow up with Minister McHugh over the next few weeks and will be continuing to press the argument for additional funding for St. Brigid’s with him”.