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Buncrana waiting 10 years for three-school campus 31.07.17

INISHOWEN T.D., Charlie McConalogue has called on the Government to secure a site "without delay" for the Buncrana three-school campus.
The proposed three school Crana College campus will be home to Crana College secondary school, which has more than 500 students; Buncrana Gaelscoil, which was established in 1999; and the second level Gaelcolaiste Coláiste Chineál Eoghain, which is currently housed in Tullyarvan Mill.
“Many students in Crana College are being taught in prefabs, while Buncrana Gaelscoil, which has almost 180 students, is using Buncrana Youth Club, as its school building," said the Donegal Fianna Fáil deputy.
Crana College secondary school, Buncrana.
“Despite the project being on the agenda for over ten years now, the Government has failed to prioritise the purchase of a site meaning that the project is at a standstill.
“Four years ago the Government, along with Donegal Education and Training Board, identified a preferred site list for the campus. However, in 2014 it decided to begin the process again – this time asking Donegal County Council to carry out the assessment. As a result, the project has taken almost two years to get back to the same stage it was at in 2013."
He accused the Government of attempting to "spin" the lack of progress on the development.
He said Minister Joe McHugh announced that he has asked the Minister for Education to meet with school representatives when Cllr Rena Donaghey had asked for such a meeting in May.
“The students, teachers, parents and management of the three schools deserve more than spin from this Government and it is high time that a site for the three school campus is identified and progressed," added Deputy McConalogue.
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