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Clonkeen College Land Row Goes Right To The Top


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A bitter row over the selling of playing fields at a southside school has reportedly been referred to the Attorney General.

The dispute is over whether the Christian Brothers have the right to sell the land for housing at Clonkeen College.

They say they need the money for a compensation scheme for abuse victims.

Last week the row ramped up a gear after the patron, Edward Rice Schools Trust, asked for the board of management to be dissolved.

Earlier this week the Education Minister confirmed he's now seeking the Attorney General's advice on that matter.

"This is a function I have under the Education Act which I have to take very seriously. I have to look at it in a very objective way weighing all sides. It's explicit (in the act) and I'm getting legal advice to ensure that I do that in a proper way that's fair to all concerned. I know this is a very intense issue for many but I have to step back and make sure I fulfill my obligations in a thorough and fair way."


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