Town Council urges Dept of Education to aid St. Corbanís
Thu 8 Apr 2004
Naas Town Clerk Mr Declan Kirrane said he had written to the Department on behalf of the Council. At a recent meeting, Council members agreed to target the Department on foot of a motion tabled by Cllr Timmy Conway.
Cllr Conway has made a number of attempts to secure funding for the school and previously called on the Council to either loan or grant aid funding to the beleagured school. However, legal advice obtained by the Council suggested that was not an option.
Mr Kirrane confirmed that a letter had been sent to the Capital Projects Department at the Department of Education but said a response had not yet been received. The letter said the Council had passed a motion agreeing that we write and was united in the request that the Minister make the funds available for the project, he said.
Meanwhile, Naas Planning Alliance Councillors Mary Glennon and Anthony Egan condemned what they called political grandstanding about the issue of education in the town.
At the Council s most recent meeting Cllr Glennon tabled a motion calling for education to be made a priority in the new town development plan currently being drafted. The Planning Alliance said its councillors had been lambasted for not contributing to the cost of the prefabs at St Corbanís National School.
We didnít t support this for two reasons, the Cllrs said. One, the legal advice from the council was that it was against the law and the Town Manager made it clear that no matter how many times we voted on it the money would not be paid out, so it effect it was a farce. The second reason, they said, was that the Council could not act as a fire brigade, rushing in where the Department of Education should be doing its job. We can influence a good outcome in this town with careful planning in the next Town Development Plan. It is up to all councillors to pull together and to stop grandstanding for political gain wrote Cllrs Egan and Glennon.