Dundalk to get school

a Co Louth VEC sub-committee has recommended Dundalk as the location for a proposed new post-primary Gael Coláiste.

a Co Louth VEC sub-committee has recommended Dundalk as the location for a proposed new post-primary Gael Coláiste.

A report published by the sub-committee said that a demand exists across the county for the establishment of a new post-primary Gael Coláiste.

Co Louth VEC CEO Dr Pádraig Kirk said a significant number of parents surveyed indicated that they would enrol their children in a Gael Coláiste if that option was available to them.

The report also revealed good levels of support for the establishment of the All-Irish secondary school were found to exist in the Ardee and Dunleer areas.

However, the report indicates that the main centres of demand for a Gael Coláiste are Drogheda and Dundalk. Having considered a range of factors including potential feeder schools for a new school, available sites and transport issues, the sub-committee recommended Dundalk.

Dr Kirk said that a suitable site had been identified in Dundalk on the campus of DkIT. He added that the VEC would now be engaging with the Department of Education and Skills with a view to re-developing this site but in the meantime a school would be established in suitable temporary accommodation in the town.

“There is a lot of work ahead now for the VEC to get the school up and running. A name needs to be chosen, a building needs to be made ready, a board of management and new staff will be required and a new school uniform and curricular programme will need to be put in place,” said Dr Kirk.

The VEC plan to have the first cohort of first year students enrolled by September 2012. There are currently three Gael Scoileanna at primary level within the Co Louth catchment area.