I have been informed by the Minister for Education and Skills that his Department has not given a specific commitment of funding to Cavan and Monaghan ETB to develop a new second-level school.
“In Dail Eireann this morning I asked Minister McHugh if he had given a specific commitment of funding to Cavan and Monaghan ETB to develop a new second-level school and close St Mogue’s College, Bawndoy and St Bricin’s College, Belturbet. The Minister’s answer is clear and obviously local commentary of a €15 million investment is incorrect,” stated Brendan Smith TD.
I also outlined clearly again to the Minister that there is widespread opposition at local level to the ETB proposal and that the present delievery of second-level school services in West Cavan should continue through the exisiting schools.
Below is the reply by the Minister to my Parliamentary Question –
For Oral Answer on : 06/03/2019
Question Number(s): 52 Question Reference(s): 10868/19
Department: Education and Skills
Asked by: Brendan Smith T.D.
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has given a specific commitment of funding to Cavan and Monaghan ETB to develop a new second-level school and close schools (details supplied); if so, when such a decision in respect of funding was made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) St Bricin’s College, Belturbet and St Mogue’s College, Bawnboy,
I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has not given a specific commitment of funding to Cavan and Monaghan ETB to develop a new second-level school.
I also wish to advise the Deputy that the decision making authority for any amalgamation belongs to the Patron/Trustees of the school, and this is subject to the approval of my Department.
Any proposed change involves extensive negotiations at local level and must be well planned and managed in a manner that accommodates the interests of students, parents, teachers, local communities and contributes to an inclusive education system.
My Department has sought further information from the Patron of the schools referred to by the Deputies relating to the proposed amalgamation and this is awaited. The matter can be considered further following receipt of this information.