Educate Together

  • Concerns raised over new barrier at entrance to Marsh House, Castlebar


    A barrier has been erected at the entrance to Marsh House in Castlebar, the location of the new Educate Together Primary School, and it is preventing vehicles accessing the public Council car park located beside the school.

    The matter was raised by Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne at the February meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

    He said three businesses, located opposite the entrance to the school, have reported that the barrier is significantly impacting on their customers, who had always used the council carpark.

    Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News today that he has no problem with Educate Together using the carpark, but he is objecting to it being blocked off to the general public.

    In response, council management said they will investigate the situation.

    Midwest News contacted Educate Together about the new barrier, and a spokesperson said they have contacted the Dept of Education to look into the matter.

    She said that Educate Together are under the impression that the lease secured between the Dept and the council included the entire property, and are now awaiting clarification.

  • Mayo Senator says Education Minister must lift restrictions on Educate Together Schools

    The Education Minister needs to lift the restriction on the number of junior infants that can be taken into Educate Together schools next September.

    That’s according to Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh who says the restrictions could mean parents are faced with splitting up their families into different schools.

    The Department of Education has directed a number of Educate Together schools – including Castlebar – that their intake of junior infants for the next school year is limited at 13.

    Education Minister Richard Bruton came into the Seanad this week at the request of Senator Conway-Walsh to discuss the matter, and confirmed that his Department is currently carrying out a review, but he could not provide a timeline for the completion of the review.

    Senator Conway –Walsh says the restriction makes no sense given the demand for places in Educate Together schools.