Names of 500 children duplicated on Wexford school lists

By David Tucker

Published 28/01/2016 | 00:00

Minister Brendan Howlin, with Cllr George Lawlor, principals and their deputies and CBS board chair Gerry Forde.
Minister Brendan Howlin, with Cllr George Lawlor, principals and their deputies and CBS board chair Gerry Forde.

The names of almost 500 Wexford children were duplicated on lists of those applying for secondary school places in September.

Cllr George Lawlor said the duplications were discovered when Department of Education figures were compared with those held by the schools.

The disclosure came at a meeting on Monday (January 25) between Wexford school principals with Minister Brendan and Howlin and Cllr Lawlor to discuss the crisis in school places.

Cllr Lawlor said both the short- and long-term issues were discussed along with possible solutions.

'Next week we hope to have more definitive positions laid out after the school principals report back to their boards of management,' he said.

Cllr Lawlor said that the September lists were now under scrutiny by the Department of Education to try to establish accurate numbers.

'We are sifting through them to try to get to the actual numbers of places required,' he said, 'and will have a further meeting with the principals after they have reported back to their boards.' The principals and their deputies at the meeting were Michael McMahon, from the CBS, Robert O'Callaghan, from St Peters, Billy O'Shea, from the Loreto, Eimear Ryan, from Selskar College, Mary Dooley, from the Presentation as well as Gerry Forde, chairman of the board at the CBS.

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