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Glac na céadta, idir daltaí, tuismitheoirí agus múinteoirí, páirt sa ‘siúil fada’ ó Gaelscoil Bharra i gCabrach go dtí an Roinn Oideachais ar sráid Maoilbhríde i lár na cathrach ar an 2ú Meitheamh 2009.   

Bhí an agóid dathannach agus bríomhar le na daltaí ag seint ceol samba agus ag iompar balún aimsire móra leis an teachtaireacht “Go leoir aer teith – Tá gníomh ag teastáil uainn anois!”/ “Enough Hot Air – We Want Action Now!”  

Ní fheadfach an aimsir bheith níos fearr, gan fiú scamall sa spéir.

D’impigh na hagóideoirí ar an tAire go gcuirfí airgead ar fáil le haghaidh scoil buan a thógail.  Dún an Roinn Oideachais na geataí ar na daltaí nuair a shroicheamar Sráid Maoilbhríde.  D’fhág múinteoir Seán litir don Aire ag na geataí agus thug sé agallamh do TV3 (ar http://www.tv3.ie/videos.php?video=9662&locID=1.2.) ag leiriú go chuir muid agóid mór ar cheall roimh olltoghchán 2002 nuair a fuaireamar geallúint ón Taoiseach go ndeanfadh sé gach rud chun scoil buan a thógaint.  Seacht blian ó shin tá muid fós ag fanacht agus tá ár pháistí fós lonnaithe i ngrúpa bothán “sealadach” nach bhfuill corás téimh nó séarachais ceart iontu. 

Comhghairdeachas leis na tuismitheoirí agus múinteoirí a d’eagraigh an siúil fada, go háirithe Seán agus Brian Gormley.

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Hundreds of parents,pupils and teachers from Gaelscoil Bharra held a very visual and colourful protest march on June 2nd.  ‘An Siúil Fada’ (The Long March) started at Gaelscoil Bharra on Fassaugh Avenue in Cabra and meandered its way through the streets of Cabra, Phibsborough, Parnell Square and O’Connell Street before arriving at 3.15pm at the Department of Education on Marlborough St.

The residents of Dublin Central were protesting to express their outrage that they have been waiting 13 years for a permanent school building. The event was a highly visual affair with the students and parents carrying massive, colourful, weather balloons bearing messages like: “Enough Hot Air – We Want Action Now!” and “13 blian ag fanacht –  Cá bhfuil ár scoil.” Students wore Gaelscoil football jerseys, gaelscoil bharra uniforms, t-shirts and carried a large gaelscoil bharra flag.  Parents and teachers wore high visibility road safety vests marshalling the children.  Mossie did a great job as chief marshall.  Sixth class provided the entertainment playing samba music in the sweltering heat.  We were cheered on by onlookers and many a car horn was honked in support.  There was a great turnout of politicians too, the main Government party being the only one not represented on the day.   

The school has become a major focus in the Dublin Central bye-election and the local elections, and has been visited by politicians from all the major parties within the last few weeks. In an unusual gesture of cross-party support, all the sitting TDs and all candidates have also signed a letter calling on the Department to proactively engage with Gaelscoil Bharra and confirm that funding will be made available for the project. The letter points out that it has now been nine years since the Department of Education recommended that they be moved into a permanent building due to the “deplorable state of the temporary accommodation”

Chairperson of the parent-led Committee for a Permanent School, Mossie Byrne  called on the Minister, Batt O’Keeffe to visit the school to see the awful conditions at first hand.

Múinteoir Séan addressed the large crowd of protestors and handed in a letter through the locked gates of the Department calling on Minister O’Keeffe to deliver on a permanent school now.

TV3 covered the march, shooting in the school, on the march and the protest at the Department (Coveraged can be accessed at http://www.tv3.ie/videos.php?video=9662&locID=1.2.).  TV3 also got a comment from the Minister stating that the parents should be ‘patient’.  We’ve been too patient for too long.  13 years too patient.  As múinteoir Seán said in the TV3 interview Gaelscoil Bharra called off a march scheduled on the eve of the 2002 elections on the promise from the Taoiseach of the day that he would do all he can to ensure the school was built.  7 years on we are still waiting.  We will continue to protest and highlight the shocking conditions of the Gaelscoil Bharra prefabs until the powers that be are shamed into building a permanent school that our children and their teachers deserve.

Well done to all who marched, to all who helped make the day the success that it was.  Thanks to Brian Gormley for coming up with the idea of the weather balloons and organising the balloons and media and múinteoir Seán for the idea and organisation of ‘an siúil fada’.

 

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Bhí ceisteanna crua le freagairt ag polaiteoirí ar an 21ú Bealtaine ag 8in i gClub CLG Naomh Fionbarra faoin droch stad ina bhfuil Gaelscoil Bharra. Bhí tuismitheoirí, muinteoirí agus daltaí ag tnú le eolas a fháil amach ó na polaiteoirí agus úrlabhraí ón Roinn Oideachais cathan a thógfaí scoil buan don gaelscoil i gCabrach.  Cé nach raibh úrlabhraí i láthar ón Roinn nó ón Comhairle bhí doiciméad le mionchuntas ar cad atá déanta ag an Comhairle agus cad atá le déanamh.   Bhí litir gearr ón Roinn Oideachas gan aon eolas ann ar amtábla le scoil buan a thógaint. 

Oscail muid an cruinniú le scannán faoin scoil (is féidir an scannán a aimsiú ar youtube ag www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLdnoWMDBwI ). Bhí cóip sínithe den litir a sheol na polaiteoirí go léir ón ceanntar don Aire Oideachas, ag lorg scoil buan, ar fáil ag an cruinniú freisin.

 

Bhí fearg agus díomá ar tuismitheoirí go raibh na páistí fós ag dul ar scoil i mbothán “sealadach” nach bhfuill corás téimh nó séarachais ceart iontu.

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A meeting updating where we are at and what we still need to do to achieve a permanent school building was held in Naomh Fionnbarra’s GAA Club on 21st May 2009.  The meeting, organised by the Permanent School Committee/ the Parents Committee/ the School Board and Naomh Fionnbarra GAA Club, was attended by about a hundred people including parents/teachers/pupils and politicians.  A film on Gaelscoil Bharra, available on youtube and made by parent Martin Moloney, started the meeting.

We invited Dublin City Council (DCC) and the Minister for Education.  While neither sent a representative DCC sent on a detailed letter outlining the work they have done to date and how they hoped to have all their technical assessments completed by 22nd May which would allow DCC to pursue negotiations on transfer of the school site from the Club to the Department of Education and Science.  DCC’s detailed response contrasted with a short and vague response from the Department of Education.  

Naomh Fionnbarra’s club treasurer, in line with the response from DCC, stated again the club’s full commitment to signing over the part of the lease necessary to facilitate the building of a permanent school.  All political parties were represented and, when questioned, accepted that the  Club was not in any way responsible for holding up the building of a permanent school (as had been claimed on the doorsteps of Cabra by one misinformed politician). 

Speaker after speaker, including múinteor Seán and Chairman of the school Board,  highlighted their frustration with the slow pace at which progress was being made and the lack of urgency from the Department of Education.  

Politicians outlined what they intended to do if elected in the upcoming local, bye and European elections.  Some parents thought we could only achieve a permanent school by depending on ourselves rather than waiting on the politicians, after all we’ve been waiting 13 years and the politicians haven’t delivered yet.  Another parent encouraged all present to make their voice heard and vote in the upcoming elections.

Copies of the cross party letter, signed by all politicians in the area, calling on the Minister for Education to provide the funding for a permanent school and criticisng the slow progress by the Department to date was circulated along with press coverage since the permanent building committee was set up in November 2008.

Mossey, chairing  the meeting, summed up the progress that had been made since last November and how Gaelscoil Bharra will continue to put the Government under pressure until a new school is completed.

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