Tánaiste visits St Pauls
On Friday November 27th the Tanaiste Joan Burton visited St Paul’s. The purpose of the visit, organised by past pupil Senator John Whelan, was to highlight the urgency in the delivery of the new school for St Paul’s. In an informal agenda, the Tanaiste met with members of the Parents Council, Board of Management, students and staff. She spoke of her own experience as a child and then as a lecturer in education. She impressed students in a question and answer type forum where she addressed issues such as the environment, bullying, mentoring and guidance. The visit finished with a tour of the school and a viewing of the plans for the new school.
The Tanaiste was adamant that there was an urgent need for co-operation between the Department of Education and The Department of the Environment to overcome the impasse over the surface water drainage issue and enable the new school progress to planning as soon as possible. She vowed to speak directly to both Ministers responsible to ensure a successful outcome.
The Tánaiste, with, from left, Sen. John Whelan, Sr. Angela and Mr Bergin, school Principal.