Deputy Peadar Tóibín has said he is delighted to have been informed that all remaining students on a waiting list for first-year entry to the Boyne Community School have now been offered a place. More than 30 students who had applied to the school had been left stranded after final round offers were announced earlier in the week.
Speaking about the news Tóibín said “ This is a tremendous relief for all the parents who had been contacting me and whom I met with over the past number of months through our public meeting who were extremely anxious for their children’s educational future. To say that this is a huge weight off their shoulders cannot be underestimated. We had campaigned actively to the Minister, her private secretary, through Dáil questions and the Dept. of Education over the past number of months to stress the urgent need to accommodate the extra students. However, I do feel that parents and students were left worrying needlessly as they sought to get answers. At times there has been a lack of communication from the Dept of Education on resolving the issue which must be addressed in the future.
However, while students for this year’s entry to the Boyne Community School have now been catered for, we must not see a repeat of this situation going forward. It’s imperative that a building programme commence now to secure the necessary government investment for a town like Trim whose population has been increasing rapidly. Families and children from the town living right beside the school cannot be forced out of the town and have to travel to Athboy, Longwood and Dunshaughlin which adds financial cost for parents and also impacts on developing friendships with their own peer group from the town. While the news for this years students is welcome we must now keep up the campaign for the future educational needs of Trim” Tóibín concluded.