Schools are ‘bursting at the seams’

Frustration is building over the “to-ing and fro-ing” between bodies over Buncrana’s ‘super campus’ while the three schools affected are “bursting at the seams.”

The long-running issue was raised at the Inishowen Municipal District meeting in Carndonagh, at which it was confirmed that the Department of Education and Skills has once again requested Donegal County Council to submit further information on preferred sites.

This follows visits to six sites in May by Department personnel and further meetings in September.

The Council confirmed the requested information is currently being collated and will be submitted over the next fortnight.

Following this, subject to confirmation from the Department of their preferred suitable sites, instructions to seek valuations will then be issued and relevant landowners contacted.

However, Councillor Rena Donaghey said this could “take years” and added she is “very, very annoyed” at the slow progress being made.

She also queried why one body was not solely in control.

She said: “I don’t know why this was taken from the ETB and handed to Donegal County Council and then will be going back to the ETB for negotiations on land deals. Why is there two-ong and fro-ing while the three schools in Buncrana are bursting at the seams? It’s keeping the whole process back.”

Councillor Albert Doherty, who also sits on the ETB with Colr. Donaghey, said a new site for the campus, which will accommodate Crana College, Colaiste Chineal Eoghain and Gael Scoil Bhun Chranncha, may have been “fingerpointed.”

He also criticised the continued delay on the project and said it was incumbent on the department and Government to give it priority consideration.

Councillor Donaghey added that when valuations are undertaken and landowners are contacted, the process will then “be another couple of years.” The issue has been raised in the Dail by Deputy Padriag MacLochlainn.