A DETAILED delivery plan for a new school at the Holy Angels day care centre in Carlow, has been demanded by Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor.
The senator was speaking during a commencement debate in Seanad Éireann and questioned why the new school building, which has been on the priority list for the past five years, still has not been delivered. She also questioned the minister’s commitment to staffing the centre.
“The HSE has made land available at Kelvin Grove for the new centre but no delivery plan has been provided. As I understand, the site at Kelvin Grove, on the vacant property register, has also been promised as a site for a women’s refuge.
Holy Angels cannot wait any longer as the current conditions in the school are simply not good enough
“While both are very noble causes it must be acknowledged that the children, their families, the staff and the management in Holy Angels cannot wait any longer as the current conditions in the school are simply not good enough.
“There are 31 children attending the centre with a range of special needs. The staff are second to none but there is a huge programme to cater for and to provide the services required for these children with special needs they need the proper resources.”
Senator Murnane O’Connor said the new centre had requested €62,000 for the year 2020 to retain its staff members in order that they could continue with what they were doing.
not good enough that the centre must continually fight for such a small amount of money
“This is a miniscule sum when you consider the black hole budget of the Department of Health and it is what’s necessary for the centre to retain its staff members. It’s not good enough that the centre must continually fight for such a small amount of money,” she said.
“We’re talking about livelihoods here and the five staff who are on temporary contracts need to know if they are being retained or will need to seek other employment.”
In other news, the latest report from the County Council has shown that 18 children presented as homeless in Carlow last month. There were 31 adults homeless, with 19 of them in emergency accommodation.There were 14 children in emergency accommodation.