Hope for 17 teaching positions following Govt review – Varadkar

Local TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has welcomed confirmation from the Department of Education that 17 teaching positions in Dublin 15 are being considered for retention in the next academic year.

The Department of Education has informed Minister Varadkar that appeals to retain the 17 teaching positions in Dublin 15 have been provisionally approved. Final approval depends on school enrolments in September.

The 17 teaching positions in Dublin 15 are for English as an Additional Language (EAL). Minister Varadkar thanked his colleague Minister Quinn for conducting the review which he described this as ‘a common sense decision’.

“Dublin 15 is a very diverse community. There are a huge number of students who do not use English as their first language. Minister Quinn has clearly recognised this in his decision to review the situation,” Minister Varadkar said.

“I want to thank Minister Quinn for recognising the needs of schools in Dublin 15, which represent a huge range of communities.”

The following schools have successfully appealed to retain one or more EAL positions:

• Scoil Naomh Lucais, Hollywood Road, Tyrrelstown – 2 positions
• Scoil Bride B, Blanchardstown – 2 positions
• Scoil Bride C, Blanchardstown – 1 position
• St Francis Xavier Junior National School, Roselawn Road, Castleknock – 1 position
• Corduff National School, Blanchardstown – 1 position
• Scoil Nais Mhuire Sois, Blakestown, Mulhuddart – 1 position
• St Philips Senior National School, Mountview, Clonsilla – 1 position
• Sacred Heart National School, Huntstown, Mulhuddart – 2 positions
• Scoil Thomais, Laurel Lodge, Castleknock – 1 position
• Ladyswell national School, Mulhuddart – 2 positions
• Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School, Hollywood Road, Tyrrelstown – 1 position
• Powerstown Educate Together National School, Powerstown Road, Tyrrelstown – 2 positions