Wexford will need additional schools as popular peaks

By Esther Hayden

The need for more primary and secondary schools in Wexford was highlighted at last Monday's meeting of Wexford County Council.

Cllr Oisin O'Connell laid down a notion of motion which read: 'This council notes that the 2015 Government Capital Plan for new primary and secondary school buildings was based on demographic birth, migration data and assumptions, that will shortly be two to three years old and that this state has one of the highest birthrates in Europe. we need to request that the Minster re-examine the latest demographic data, with a view to prioritising and bringing forward building schedules.'

Cllr O'Connell said that the peak for primary school children in Wexford will come in 2019 and 2015 for secondary school students. 'Three schools have been flagged in Wexford for construction between 2019 and 2021 but we still haven't reached the peak of our population. We need to get the Minister to re-examine this.'

He was supported by Cllr Deirdre Wadding who said that secondary schools in Wexford are already under pressure.

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