Super campus progress seen as ‘disappointing’

As the new school year beckons for students across Inishowen, a local councillor has slammed the “disappointing” progress of a three-school super campus for Buncrana.

Inishowen Cathoirleach Colr. Rena Donaghey told the ‘Journal’ she had been informed by the Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) that “nothing new” has emerged from the Department of Education in relation to the development.

The campus will incorporate Crana College secondary school, the Irish language secondary school Colaiste Chineal Eoghain and the Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha.

Colr Donaghey, a member of the ETB, said that with ever increasing numbers, particularly in this new school year, a new campus needs to be progressed sooner rather than later.

She said Donegal County Council had submitted “everything needed” to the department in relation to site locations, but three months later they were no further forward.

The ETB had previously identified a site at Magherinture in the town but the department has asked Donegal County Council to look into further sites which may be suitable. The Council submitted six sites, five of which Colr Donaghey said were 
deemed unsuitable.

She added she now fears the Buncrana site will be put on the “back foot” ahead of schools for which sites have already been identified and purchased.

She said: “Progress is very, very slow and this is disappointing. The three schools mare in dire need of new premises.

“I’m afraid the Minister will ask for a list of all the sites purchased and these will be allowed to go to tender, putting us on the back foot.

“The Council has done everything it can and the ETB has been progressing this but now there has been no movement from the department 
in months.”