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Cllr. Donnelly welcomes progress on Star of the Sea National School, Passage West

26th March 2009

Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, the Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for the Carrigaline electoral area of Cork County Council, has welcomed the news that a briefing meeting will take place today (Thursday 26th March) between the Department of Education and Science with the Principal of Star of the Sea National School, the Chairperson of the Board of Management, and members of the design team for the new school.

Cllr. Donnelly, who with his party colleague Senator Dan Boyle, have been pushing for the new school to be progressed as fast as possible, said: “It is great news that the new school for Star of the Sea is progressing, as the current school is at breaking point, with far more classrooms in prefabs than in proper classrooms.  I sincerely hope that this project will continue to progress apace, and I look forward to the day when the pupils of Passage West have their new school.”

Reduction in timetable for Cross River Ferry bad for harbour communities, says Cllr. Donnelly

5th March 2009

Following the introduction of a reduced timetable on the Cross River Ferry between Glenbrook and Carrigaloe earlier this week, Green Party candidate for the Carrigaline area of Cork County Council and Passage West Town Council, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly said:  “This reduction in the timetable of the Cross River Ferry is disastrous for the communities around the harbour.  The Cross River Ferry is a vital piece of local infrastructure which joins the communities on both sides of the harbour, and helps them work together.  The fact that the last ferry now runs at about 10 pm, whereas previously the last ferry went at about midnight, will cause all sorts of problems for a large number of people and organisations around the harbour.  The alternative to using the ferry to get across the lower harbour is a round trip via the Jack Lynch Tunnel of over ten miles.  I call on the owners of the Cross River Ferry to reverse this decision to reduce the timetable.”

Cllr. Donnelly continued:  “This reduced service will make it very difficult for people living on one side of the harbour to participate in evening social events on the other side of the harbour.  It will also make it very difficult for organisations with representation from both sides of the harbour to hold evening meetings.  I am involved in two such organisations, the Cork Harbour Environmental Protection Association (CHEPA) and Cork Harbour for A Safe Environment (CHASE), and having to have all meetings finished in time for people to get the last ferry at 10 pm will prove difficult, if not impossible.  This does not auger well for cross harbour cohesion, which has been a growing strength in the harbour.  This decision simply must be reversed.”

Green Party welcomes progress on Star of the Sea National School, Passage West

9th February 2009

 Commenting on the announcement recently by the Minister for Education, Batt O’Keeffe, that work is to start later in the year to build a new national school in Passage West, local Green Party Town Councillor, and candidate for the county council in the local elections, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly said:  “It is absolutely wonderful that the new school for Passage West is finally going to be built.  It has taken ten years of battling for this community to get this far, and the Minister’s announcement is to be applauded.  However most of the applause should be given to the staff, parents and students of Star of the Sea National School, who have not stilted in their campaign to have proper school facilities for the children of Passage West.”

Cllr. Donnelly continued:  “I, along with my party colleague Senator Dan Boyle, have taken part in many meetings and protests over the years to try to progress the funding of this absolutely essential piece of local infrastructure.  It is terrific that soon the children of Passage West will not have to go to school in prefabs, but will have a proper school building with proper space and facilities in which to learn.  As a teacher myself, I applaud the work that has been done over the years by the Prinicipal of Star of the Sea, Brendan McCormack, and his staff, for the superb work they have done in maintaining an excellent standard of education in very difficult circumstances.” 

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