A Westport councillor has again called on the Sacred Heart Secondary School to refuse accommodation from the Department of Education at a site which had been earmarked for the oldest primary school in the town.

Fianna Fail Cllr Brendan Mulroy has called on the all-girls secondary school to refuse the offer to take up temporary accommodation at Scoil Phádraig on Altamount Street.

The derelict site on Altamount St. had already been proposed by the Dept as the new school building for Holy Trinity NS, who are currently based in a building deemed not-fit-for-purpose.

The proposal now on the table for the Sacred Heart School involves “the immediate upgrade works to the Scoil Phádraig building and for Sacred Heart School to take occupation of this accommodation, along with the retained use of modular units and some of the better condition accommodation on its current site”, according to a letter sent to Holy Trinity NS from a Department of Education official.

At Monday’s meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, Cllr Brendan Mulroy again called on the Sacred Heart school to ‘step up the mark’ and reject the offer from the department and ask for new accommodation on a green field site.

Sacred Heart students and staff are at present using portacabins on their school pitch as temporary accommodation for students.

Councillor Mulroy has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley...



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