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150 pupils from Gaelscoil Bharra took to the streets on Friday, April 3rd in a Easter themed carnival style protest over shocking conditions in their school and the lack of urgency from the Minister of Education in green-lighting a much needed new school. 150 of the school’s 220 students along with their parents and supporters, playing Samba music and in fancy dress, walked from Gaelscoil Bharra on Fassaugh Road to the Bogies roudabout and back.  There was great support locally for the colourful parade calling on the Minister to fund the construction of a permanent school building for the north Dublin gaelscoil. Since its establishment in 1996 the school has been housed in ‘temporary’ prefabs without proper heating or sanitation.

Chairsperson for the parent-led Committee for a Permanent School, Mossie Byrne said:

“Over the years countless requests and representations have been made to the Department of Education and Science. Their response has been to promise much, but do little. It is an absolute scandal that despite all the talk, nothing has happened. The Department, by leaving our kids in these conditions, is in breach of its own guidelines on health and safety, classroom space and play areas.

“Gaelscoil Bharra is a phenomenal Irish-language primary school, staffed by a brilliant and dedicated team of teachers and administrators. However, unbelievably, 13 years after opening, the school is still housed in prefabs, and we seem little or no nearer to securing a permanent building for our children. These prefabs are dangerously over crowded, and heating and sanitation are sub-standard.”

“The support of the local community for us during the parade and in general has been fantastic and will hopefully help keep the pressure on those in power to deliver on their promises of a permanent school.”

 

Catherine Smyth, parent of five year-old Ama attending the school, said:

“If we were a private creche the authorities would have shut us down years ago, but this same Government thinks its ok to have our children sitting in cold classrooms where many children will not use the toilets as the smell is so bad. Batt O’Keeffe wouldn’t work in these conditions. Why should our children have to study in them? We urge the Minister to give our children the best Easter present they could get this year and promise that our school will be built in 2009’

 

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D’Eagraigh Wayne Dempsey oiche soisialta ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ ar son Gaelscoil Bharra ar an 4ú Aibreán 2009 i Club CLG Naomh Fionnbharra.  Bhí oiche maith ag an slua mór a bhí i láthair ag canadh agus ag damhsadh in éineacht leis an ceol agus damsadh sár mhaith ar an stáitse.  Maith thú Wayne.    

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The ‘Stars in Your Eyes’  fundraising night for Gaelscoil Bharra organised by Wayne Dempsey on Friday 3rd April in Naomh Fionnbharra’s GAA Club was a great success.  The event was well attended by parents, pupils, teachers and friends of the school. 
Great entertainment and a great night.  Well done to Wayne. 

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Ar an 14ú Márta thosaigh an Choiste ar son Foirgneamh Buan ag dáileadh billeog eolas ar Gaelscoil Bharra go gach teach i gCabrach.  Bhí eolas ar an droch stad sláinte agus sábhailte sa scoil agus d’iarr an billog ar muintir Cabrach an gá le scoil buan a phlé le polaitéoirí nuair a thagann siad ag lorg votaí roimh toghacháin i Meitheamh.

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Parents and children from Gaelscoil Bharra gathered on 14th March 2009 to deliver an information leaflet to all Cabra homes detailing the current state of play at the school.  All 5,000 houses in Cabra were leafleted on the day or in the following weeks.  The leaflet highlighted the shocking conditions in the Cabra Gaelscoil children are schooled in, the lack of Government urgency in building a new school and requested the people of Cabra to raise the issue with politicians canvassing for votes in the upcoming elections.  

The Campaign for a Permanent School, which organised the leaflet drop, plans to distribute an update on the campaign and a poster demanding a new school prior to the upcoming June elections.

Thanks to all who distributed the leaflets and for the positive response we received on the doorsteps.

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