St Mary’s High School, Brollagh has been given a lifeline after Education Minister John O’Dowd today rejected CCMS proposals for closure.
The decision made today removes the threat of closure which had been hanging over the Fermanagh school and allows the school to prepare for the new school term in September.
The Minister has indicated he will pursue a cross-border learning community, looking at plans originally proposed by those at the school and within the North West Education Action Group.
Speaking after the decision Frank Maguire of the Action Group said everyone in the local community was ‘absolutely ecstatic’.
“There is massive relief within the school and among the staff, we’re absolutely over the moon. It has been a very emotional afternoon at the school.”
Speaking today, Michelle Gildernew MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone added:
“I am delighted at the decision by the Education Minister to reject the proposed closure of St Mary’s by CCMS. As we all know, Brollagh is situated in a disadvantaged, neglected and isolated rural area and the future delivery of post-primary education in the locality is of maximum importance not only to the needs of the young people in the area, but also of the wider community. From the outset, Sinn Féin representatives from across North West Fermanagh were active supporters of the campaign to deliver a cross-border model at Brollagh and we are over the moon that that campaign has been successful. But the real work in delivering this and making it a success begins now.”
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