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20th Dec 2016

PICS: There’s Currently A Huge Child Protest Going On Outside The Dáil


If you live, work or meander around the Dáil daily, then you’ll surely be somewhat used to the sounds of protests, shouting and the occasional objection.

But, usually, these bellows hail from the voices of adults.

But not today.

Today sees the vast majority of St Mochta’s National School of Clonsilla, Dublin 15‘s students and parents standing outside the Dáil, shouting for their right to a new school.

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Speaking to Lovin Dublin, Clodagh Brady of the Parents’ Assocation of St Mochta’s said that over a decade ago the national school was promised a new school, and now they’re finally sick of waiting.

Ten years ago we were promised a new school by the Department of Education. Back then, the number of children in the school was at 450, and now it’s at 907. There are 407 children in prefabs alone, and they’ve rotted due to mould, making our children sick.

There are holes in the roofs, causing the electricity to blow on several occasions. Just this year I’ve had to collect my child from school twice because the playgrounds are overcrowded.

A new school was promised and was put on the bill for 2016/2017 renovations, but was just recently taken from the bill – and we’re just sick of it.

We sincerely hope their little voices are heard, and that a new school is in the making for the children of St. Mochta’s.

In the meantime, adults – take note. These kids mean business.

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