Breen demands action after parents withdraw children from ‘Third World’ Ennis School

July 2nd, 2008 - Pat Breen

18 prefabs at Ennis N.S. but Govt won’t provide new building

Fine Gael Clare Deputy Pat Breen said that the Education Minister must immediately sanction a new school building at Ennis National School after parents withdrew their children from the school in protest at the deplorable conditions there.




 Deputy Breen will join with parents and teachers from Ennis N.S. in a protest in Ennis this afternoon highlighting the ‘Third World’ conditions in the school where students are taught in corridors and the roof leaks constantly.

“Today the school resembles the site of a concentration camp with 16 prefabs littering the yard and a musty smell everywhere.

 “The facts surrounding Ennis National School are chilling with teaching forced to take place in corridors. In February this year, permission was sought and obtained from the Department for two new teachers at the school. However, the Minister is refusing to fund the €300 weekly payment required to provide a shared prefab to accommodate the teachers. It is not as if this situation is unknown to the Fianna Fáil Government:





·  In July 1999 the Department of Education commissioned feasibility studies for refurbishment at Ennis N.S..




·In 2001 these studies recommended extensive building accommodation works to be carried out at the school.



·In 2003 the INTO declared the School substandard on health and safety grounds.



·In 2007 the Department gave approval for the relocation of Ennis NS to a new site being provided on Diocesan lands at Ashline.



·The building of this new school has been placed on hold.



·Not a single extra permanent classroom at Ennis N.S. has been put in place.