New youth education site ‘should be on St Enda’s Land’, says Limerick TD Kieran O’Donnell

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

a NEW youth education service to promote programmes tailored to the needs of youngsters on the southside should open on the site of St Enda’s.

a NEW youth education service to promote programmes tailored to the needs of youngsters on the southside should open on the site of St Enda’s.

That is according to Limerick City TD Kieran O’Donnell.

The Kilmallock Road community school is set to wind down by 2015, after the City VEC chose to close the school due declining student numbers.

Approximately 60 students will be expected to transfer to new schools over the final two years.

But Mr O’Donnell wants to see the campus get a new lease of life after the school closes - a vision shared by the City VEC.

“It is my belief that part of the future for the St. Enda’s campus should incorporate the provision of education and training for young people in the Southill area tailored to their specific needs,” said the Fine Gael TD.

He has held discussions with both the City VEC, and the Limerick Diocese on this concept, the joint trustees of the 127-student school.

“I have asked that they examine the possibility of providing a Youth Education Service at St. Enda’s, and I am pleased that they are doing this. I am hopeful of movement on this. I believe it is crucial that the St. Enda’s campus continues to act as a resource for people in that area. The people in the area and all other stakeholders will be consulted on the future development of St. Enda’s,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Mayor Gerry McLoughlin has held meetings with concerned parents affected by the school’s closure.

Four parents met the mayor in his office on Thursday, and are looking at ways to halt the school’s closure.