Over 150 children and parents from a Ballinteer school protested outside The Dáil today in relation to their school being overcrowded and claim they have been ignored by the Department of Education.
Ballinteer Educate Together National School was promised a new modern building 5 years ago but planning has continued to be refused.
Despite recommendations from An Bord Pleanála in the 3 years since planning was last refused there has been zero progress, and the school has received no communication from the Department of Education according to the Parent Teacher Association.
The school has been requesting a new building as they have been borrowing classrooms from their neighboring secondary school, using prefabs and overcrowded rooms that are up to 60% smaller than Department recommendations.
The school say they are requesting Richard Bruton to give them answers and a plan going forward.
The children holding banners saying 'don't be cruel build our school' and wearing T-shirts with question marks said;
"We want our school built ... because we've been living in prefabs and connected to a senior school for 5 years ... we don't have our own school".
"We're telling the minister to build our school because our school is too small".
Over the chants of people saying 'build our school', Darina Mulligan, a parent of two children from the school and a member of the Parent Teacher Association said why she was protesting.
"We've been waiting for our school for 5 years to be built and the last planning permission that went in was 3 years ago so we have land, we are ready to go, we just need planning permission".
"We don't know what the delay is ... this is our last resort to actually come here today and beg for our school to be built".