Buncrana waiting 10 years for
INISHOWEN T.D., Charlie
McConalogue has called on the Government to secure a
site "without delay" for the Buncrana three-school
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
Crana College secondary school,
“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.