There are calls to protect school lands in South Dublin from being sold for housing.
Over 1,300 students in the Deansgrande and Goatstown areas could be without a blade of grass to play on if an emergency motion on Monday fails to pass.
The motion will call on Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to rezone school lands from residential to open space and recreational. It's after the religious owners of Clonkeen College in Deansgrange and Our Lady's Grove in Goatstown sold the fields for housing development.
In Clonkeen College, the Christian Brothers are offloading 7.5 acres of playing fields while in Our Lady's Grove primary and secondary schools in Goatstown 5.4 acres have been sold.
"I don’t think the answer to the housing crisis is to start building apartment blocks on children's playing fields", says Green Party Councillor Ossian Smyth.
"We have a housing crisis – that doesn’t mean you build on every square inch of everything you can find".
"These kids are coming from all kinds of backgrounds, all races, every area of Dublin and to pick on them and say 'you’re the people who are going to use your playing fields’ … it’s just really, really unfair".
Parents and the board of management at Clonkeen College are now calling on the Department of Education to take ownership of the school while in Our Lady's Grove schools in Goatstown, more than 120 parents attended a meeting objecting to the sale of the land.