Decision to ignore Ennis National School beggars belief – BREEN

October 1st, 2008 - Pat Breen
Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has described the news that Ennis National School has not been included in the list of School Building Projects to get the Green light from the Department of Education and Science this week as “beggaring belief”. Deputy Breen is to raise this matter in the Dail with the Education and Science Minister Batt O’Keeffe when he will be asking the Minister to clarify the following:

1. What criterion was applied to give the Green Light to these 25 Schools?

2. Were all relevant partners consulted prior to this decision?

3. On the 24th September 2008 I was advised by way of Parliamentary question that the process of appointing a Design Team at this School had commenced. On the previous day the School was advised (on 23rd Sept) of the opposite. The Minister needs to clarify the situation.


“It beggars belief how Minister O’Keeffe could ignore the case of Ennis National School.”

“I now also want the Minister to clarify what criteria were applied, how these 25 Schools were chosen and if all the relevant partners were consulted.”



“I am tired of hearing excuses from the Minister and the Department of Education. Ennis National School is in dire need and the Minister must explain this decision.”

See parliamentary question underneath for your information.



Ceist Pharlaiminte



Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha

To the Minister for Education and Science


To ask the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding a school

building project (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a

statement on the matter.

– Pat Breen.

Ennis National School in County Clare is rated Band 1 on the School Building

Capital Programme. Prior to the summer recess the parents of the school

withdrew the children in protest at the conditions that their children are have

to put up with at the School. This project is urgent and the School Authorities

are anxious to move to the next stage of the project as soon as possible.



* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 24th September, 2008.

Reference Number: 30411/08




Minister for Education and Science (Batt O’Keeffe, T.D.)


The process of appointing a design team to the school building project referred

to by the Deputy has commenced.


In light of current competing demands on the capital budget of the Department,

it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the

project to construction at this time.