Tánaiste moves to ease Councillors concerns over school closures

Cllr Jimmy Harte has raised concerns that almost 60 two-teacher schools across Donegal could face closure or amalgamation in a Departmental review which is currently taking place.

The value-for-money review is being undertaken by the Department of Education and it has the aim of cutting costs.

Many are located close to other schools, raising question marks about whether they can be amalgamated to save money. There are 57 two-teacher schools in Donegal.

Cllr Harte said that there is a need to properly equip the schools which are set to absorb new pupils:

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Meanwhile Tánaiste and Minister for Education Mary Coughlan has expressed her strong opposition to the closure of small schools and Garda stations.

She says a Value for Money review is presently taking place relating to small primary schools in the Department of Education and Skills.

The Tanaiste says this process is a normal procedure conducted by all Government Departments regarding areas of significant public expenditure.