New Donabate school must be prioritised

Donabate Portrane Community Council has welcomed the recent announcement by Education Minister Richard Bruton TD that a new primary school is to be delivered in Donabate.

But it said the facility needs to be put in place immediately, as all schools in the peninsula are experiencing capacity constraints.

And it would not accept for prefabs to be used in place of a properly-constructed school, the Community Council said.

A housing boom in the area is set to mean there will be demand for an extra 1,800 primary school children.

On top of this, there is expected to be an additional 1,000 secondary pupils with no available places for them.

Donabate Portrane Community Council is of the opinion that the Ballymastone South primary school should be delivered in line with the Minister’s recent announcement.

Current development is centred adjacent to the site identified in the Local Area Plan and this piece of critical infrastructure is urgently needed at this location.

There are three existing primary schools in Donabate at present – St Patrick’s Boys’ School and St Patrick’s Girls’ School located on the Portrane Road and the Donabate-Portrane Educate Together Primary School on the Beaverstown Road.

A spokesperson for the Community Council said: “With new house-builds at a record high for the local area, the existing primary schools have exceeded capacity with waiting lists for school places growing on a daily basis.”

One of the key challenges identified by the Donabate Local Area Plan is the population growth of young people and children and the lack of activities/facilities.

This means there is a requirement on the Department of Education and Skills to provide for 48 primary classrooms (3 x 16 classroom schools) and one post-primary school (catering for 1,000 pupils) in the Donabate and Portrane area.

To provide educational infrastructure there are three primary school sites designated in the LAP at the following locations:

1. Corballis – east of the railway line.

2. Ballymastone – southern section.

3. Ballymastone – northeastern section (as part of Education/

Recreation Campus).

The spokesperson added: “Donabate Portrane Community Council is of the opinion that the Ballymastone South primary school should be delivered in line with the Minister’s recent announcement.”

Each site shall have a general reservation of five acres in accordance with Department of Education requirements.

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