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Last night.

Con’s (!), Mullingar, County Westmeath.

An unnamed parent approached Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael Longford–Westmeath TD Peter Burke to ask about the ongoing delays in the building of Curraghmore National School (top).

Work started in September 2017 as a 12 month contract.

Cathy McGann writes:

“”We are doing our best”…”We are working really hard on this”…11 missed deadlines, your best is not good enough!  We need an answer, we need CERTAINTY.”

Video: Mullingar News and Views Facebook page

Previously: Yes. Still No School

Parents of pupils at Holy Family National School, Ardmore Road, Mullingar protest at Westmeath County Council HQ last Monday

This morning.

Mullingar, County Westmeath.

Cathy McGann writes:

You featured our Still No School campaign back in July [when completion of the new Holy Family (Curraghmore) National School was pushed back again]

Work started on this build in Sep 2017 as a 12 month contract. We are now on our 8th missed completion date for this school building and it still looks very unlikely that the 9th October date will also be missed.

I just wanted to send on an update since parents turned out in numbers to protest at the consistent delays to complete this school building.

Monday was the first day of school for 3 junior infant classes and as a direct result of the building delays all 3 classes are now in 3 different locations.

This includes 12 ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) pupils who are now required to travel up to 1.5 hrs on a bus every morning to get to a classroom in Kinnegad, not Mullingar.

Another class is housed in a local GAA Clubhouse and the final class on the existing school site which is made up of overcrowded, prefab buildings which are unfit for purpose.

There is a huge Health and Safety Concern for the 276 students housed on the current site between mould on the walls, frogs being caught in toilets and water so cold in the winter kids don’t want to wash their hands.

There are 3 parties involved in the issue including the Department of Education, Westmeath County Council as project managers and the contractor. It’s a case of too many cooks.

All are blaming each other and meanwhile there are no resources on site and parents are being given no commitment on completion dates and no satisfactory answers to questions.

Parents are now utterly frustrated and we plan to continue with a strong campaign to get this building delivered.

Watch this space….

Still No School (Facebook)

Previously: Meanwhile, In Mullingar

A sign (above) erected last night at the building site for the new Holy Family National School

This morning.

Ardmore Road, Mullingar, County Westmeath.

Holy Family NS Action Group writes:

After it was announced last month that the completion of the new Holy Family (Curraghmore) National School  has been pushed back AGAIN to October 2019 (the 9th revision date in the last 5 years) we are taking action to ensure the newest date is met this time.

We have had excuse after excuse and we don’t know what the issue is that is causing such delays so we now just want to highlight the issue and put the pressure on to get the school delivered.

The site is not being resourced adequately and it looks unlikely that the new October 2019 date will be met now either.

The building was originally supposed to be ready around September 2015/2016. It is a 12 month contract.

Since then, 287 students are in inadequate prefab buildings on an overcrowded site. 46 of the new junior infants this year will begin their school experience off site.

This includes 24 ASD /Special Needs students who are among the most vulnerable in society.

Holy Family NS Action Group


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Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe was on duty in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, yesterday when he met Taoiseach Enda Kenny while he was in the town canvassing. In the Dail last week, the Taoiseach said:

“I’ve no problem in apologising to Sgt McCabe for the issues that he raised and for the fact that his raising these matters wasn’t dealt with more speedily in the first instance.”

Reporting on their meeting yesterday, Ronan Casey, in the Irish Daily Mail [not online], writes:

[Taoiseach Enda Kenny] did not take the opportunity to apologise to Sergeant McCabe in person – but both men smiled and shook hands at the Market Square. Mr Kenny said: ‘Hello Sergeant McCabe, how are you?’

Watch back on RTE’s Nine News here

Top pic: Mullingar