Barry Cowen TD
St Mary’s Primary School and Scoil Muire Banrion, Edenderry are to become co-educational schools. The news was confirmed today by Offaly TD Barry Cowen who said that “both of these schools have made an application with the Department of Education to act in a co-ed capacity in the best interests of their pupils.”
He said the application was first made in 2014 but added “unfortunately the Government was slow to deal with the issue.”
“Last year I met with school management who stressed the need to finish this process as soon as possible. Following on from this I wrote to Minister Richard Bruton to request a meeting to discuss the issue and highlight the need for progress to be made. At the meeting I emphasised that it is not acceptable to expect both schools to wait for years before final approval is given to change their organisation structure. This is something which both schools want and parents are supportive of the stance they have taken.
“Following on from this meeting Minister Bruton wrote to me to confirm that his Department is to allow this proposal to proceed. I welcome this development as it will allow both schools to compete on a level playing field with other schools in the area,” concluded Deputy Cowen.