The principal of a Deansgrange school says it would be "devastating" if its playing fields have been sold.
Despite objections from staff and parents, it's reported land at Clonkeen College has been sold by the Christian Brothers who say they need the money for a compensation scheme for abuse victims.
It emerged last month negotiations had been ongoing for 12 months, unbeknownst to staff, and local politicians had unsuccessfully tried to have the land rezoned so it could no longer be used for housing
However, Principal Edward Melly isn't convinced a final deal has been done and is still hopeful it can be reversed. "We don't have any evidence to suggest the deal has closed", he told 98FM News.
Edward admitted they would "be very upset" if the sale does go through, and the school loses its playing fields. He explained that "to find out now that they are being sold from with-under us would be absolutely devastating".
The Christian Brothers have stated that they expected to earn €18m from the sale of the fields, but it is now understood that demand from housing developers could see them pocket up to €26m.