Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady TD has this evening announced that the Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Disability Issues Finian McGrath will meet staff, students and parents at St. Catherine’s School in Newcastle this Friday.
St. Catherine’s Special National school provides primary and post-primary education for clients who have a moderate, severe or profound learning disability. Pre-school classes are also sanctioned for children with an Austim Spectrum Disorder
Speaking ahead of the engagement, Teachta Brady said:
“I am delighted that Minister McGrath has accepted my invitation on behalf of St. Catherine’s School in Newcastle to visit the school and meet with staff, students and parents on Friday.
“I have made it clear to both Minister McGrath and the Department of Education & Skills that the current school is inadequate to meet students’ needs and a new build is necessary with some urgency. The school have been waiting for seventeen years for a school that is fit or purpose.
“I invited Minister McGrath to the school to see first-hand how badly needed the new school really is. I hope that this visit will encourage the Minister to take concrete steps in providing the new school urgently.
“I know that the staff, students and parents will take this opportunity to raise concerns they have with the Minister directly.
“I look forward to engaging with everyone, including Minister McGrath on Friday and furthermore, I look forward to a thoroughly deserved new school for St. Catherine’s Special National School as soon as possible.”