‘Reject offer’ call as Mayo school problem continues

Sacred Heart School in Westport.

MANAGEMENT at Sacred Heart School (SHS) in Westport has been asked to reject an offer to use the town’s former Scoil Phadraig site for its students.

The call was made by Councilor Brendan Mulroy who told a town meeting this week that the solution to the problem which has arisen between her and a local primary school lies in the SHS refusing the offer .

Holy Trinity NS has moved forward with a plan to establish a new school on the site. That was until the Ministry of Education decided to offer it to SHS for use for several years, effectively bringing the primary school plans to an end.

Councilor Mulroy said he is asking the SHS board and principal to refuse the ministry’s offer and request green land for a new school, and let Holy Trinity move forward and prosper.

There is also a wider issue of co-education at second level in Westport which needs to be looked at, Councilor Peter Flynn said.

At Louisburgh, where there are more than 600 students, 90% of them come from outside the catchment area, the majority coming from Westport by bus.

The question needs to be seriously asked as to where the two Westport schools are going.

Councilor Christy Hyland noted the town’s population growth and agreed that SHS should develop a greenfield on the outskirts of town.

Having students walk between two campuses, in bad weather, was not a good idea, he said.