School Transport from Northwest Kildare to Edenderry to be Investigated by Minister

8-news-bebs9I can confirm that Minister John Halliagan has given a promise to investigate the situation of school transport from Johnstownbridge, Kilshanroe, and the wider area to Edenderry’s St Mary’s and Oakland schools.

Following the fiasco which has left many without school transport last September I have this week met the Minister to lobby on behalf of parents who had been left driving or making other arrangements to get their children to school in Edenderry. If at all possible, this must be avoided for the upcoming academic year.
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Need for Additional School Psychologists in Kildare North

The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) is drastically understaffed both nationally and in Kildare North. New information from the Department of Education reveals that two schools, St Farnan’s Post Primary School, Prosperous and Rathmore National School students have no access to a NEPS psychologist. Continue Reading →

North West Kildare Residents Struggle for School Bus, Minister Halliagan has Broken Promise

I have spent the past five weeks lobbying the Minister of State John Halligan to get school bus places for constituents in Johnstownbridge, Kilshanroe, Kilmurray, Dunferith, Timahoe and other areas in North West Kildare. It is now the case there are a number of students who cannot get a school bus to Kilcock or Edenderry due to cuts imposed by the Minister’s Department.

My clinics in the area have been full with concerned parents and my offices in Maynooth and Naas have been receiving calls about this matter. Despite the Ministers promises school bus places have been cut back right across the country. In the Dáil the Minister stated that no child would lose their place on school buses pending the outcome of a review in his Department.

The Minister has broken another promise by the failure to set up a cross party committee that would meet at the end of July to try and help resolve outstanding problems with the school transport scheme.

If the Minister had taken necessary action in good time, parents would not have this stress right now. His Departments efforts to save money have now brought unnecessary burden for so many families in Kildare. Clearly this is not good enough. I am calling on the Minister to set up this cross party group immediately to resolve this problem for parent and students

New School for Clane

Meeting with parents outside the old boys school, Clane.

Meeting with parents outside the old boys school, Clane.

I am delighted with today’s decision to grant permission for a new school consisting of 24 classrooms and ancillary accommodation. I have worked on this issue for some time as I understand how critical it is given the current accomodation is overcrowded and has outlived its purpose. I met in March with the Principal of St Patrick’s, Mr Pat Costello, to assist in progressing this project with Kildare County Council.

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Millennium Park second level School takes next steps

I have been working towards a new second level school for the North Naas area since I first ran for local elections in 2009 and am delighted to now be Chairperson of the Board of that new school as Naas Community College applies for planning on a site at Milennium Park this month.

The spec is a brand new build with the highest standards in education, staffing, facilities, technology and catering for not just the growing population of the surrounding areas (including Kill, Sallins, Naas, Rathmore, Kilteel, Eadestown, Caragh, Johnstown) but providing additional ASD unit places also.

I look forward to the new build progressing and the move from Craddockstown to the new site.