Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has said that, two months after they were announced by Minister Bruton, there is still no detail given by Minister Richard Bruton in relation to his plan for 42 new schools – half of which are supposed to open in 2019.
The promise by Minister Bruton is the single greatest Fine Gael commitment this year with a construction cost of €500 million and unknowable land acquisition costs in a rising market. However, no school has gone to tender, no site has been revealed and not a block has been laid.
Recently in the Dáil the Minister was unable to provide any clarity regarding where these schools will be located. Although patrons have been urged to express interest in the schools despite the lack of location, parents have absolutely no information.
Deputy Byrne said, “Minister Bruton announced a new school opening programme two months ago this weekend to much fanfare but little detail. He committed to delivering 42 new schools with some of these due to open in September of next year. I have been trying to get some further detail from Minister Bruton since his announcement to no avail.
“I specifically asked Minister Bruton in the Dáil to set out where these 42 new schools will be located. There are many parents around the country wondering whether their children will be able to attend one of these new schools. They are delaying making decisions on the future of their children’s education while they await these details.
“Minister Bruton made a €500 million promise but, with little detail, appears well on his way to breaking this promise already, only two months from the announcement”.