The Minister for Education Norma Foley says that a decision is imminent on whether or not a second school will be built on the site already approved for the building of Holy Trinity National School in Westport.
This long running saga was raised in the Dail today by local Fine Gael deputy Michael Ring.
The Church of Ireland school, first established over 200 years ago in Westport, is full to capacity and students and staff urgently require new facilities.
In 2010, the Department of Education said the school was not fit for purpose, and recommended a new school building, and a site was subsequently acquired at the location of the old Scoil Phadraig on Altamount Street.
However, the Department, subsequently recommended that two new schools be located on that site, both Holy Trinity and Westport Educate Together - but the Board of Management at Holy Trinity NS, and local politicians are adamant that the site is suitable for one school only.
Holy Trinity NS is now waiting more than a decade to see construction get underway on their new building, however, Minister Foley confirmed to deputy Ring today that talks are still underway among Mayo County Council, the Dept of Education and Educate Together to see if the second school can also be accommodated on the same site.
Deputy Ring insists he will not accept a second school on the Altamont St site, and he’s been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about Minister’s Foley’s response this morning...