Coláiste Mhuire TY

Mary was delighted to meet with Transition Year students of Coláiste Mhuire, Cabra to hear their ideas for improvements to the area.  Over ten weeks the students undertook a survey of the area, detailed their findings, produced art work capturing their experience of the area, identified pros, cons and suggested improvements.  Included in their excellent…

Cabra Community College

Mary actively supported the campaign for a co-educational, non-denominational secondary school in Dublin 7.  Resulting from the campaign Cabra Community College will operate from September 2020 under the partnership of City of Dublin ETB and Educate Together. On Tuesday 22nd October, at 7pm there will be an open evening in the college where the school…

Our Lady Help of Christians

As a former pupil of Our Lady Help of Christians Girls National School on the Navan Road, Mary was honoured to be invited by the school community to join their 50th anniversary celebrations.  In June with permission from the OPW the girls from the student’s council, teachers, parents and Mary planted a tree in the…

Support Our Secretaries

School secretaries are vital to the successful running of every school.  Yet as employees they are being treated as second class citizens.   90% of school secretaries do not have the same safeguards in place as the other 10% who are employed directly by the Department of Education.  These secretaries are at a great disadvantage when…

Dublin Adult Learning Centre

Mary is a big admirer of the The Dublin Adult Learning Centre or DALC. DALC is a dedicated Basic Adult Education Centre, catering for around 650 adults per year, primarily from North Inner City Dublin and many who are early school leavers seeking a second chance education.  This is an opportunity to improve literacy skills…

Cabra Community College

Having actively supported the campaign for a co-educate, non-denominational secondary school in Dublin 7, Mary was delighted to join the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) and Educate Together (ET) to announce that will work together to operate Cabra Community College as a co-educate, non-denominational secondary school according to their shared ethos.  Their…

Pelletstown Educate Together, update

Following Mary’s representations on behalf of Educate Together Pelletstown in respect of a permanent school building, the Minister for Education has advised Mary that the acquisition process for the school’s permanent site is now complete. You can read the Minister’s full reply HERE. A planning application for the permanent accommodation for the school was lodged…

Education Equality

Mary believes every child should have equal access to education regardless of their ability. Mary has supported and continues to support the provision of co-educational, non-denominational primary and secondary schools so that every child and parent has a choice. Mary is working to ensure that there is school place for ever child especially those with…

Educate Together, Pelletstown

Mary recently met with teachers and parents to lend her support for a permanent school building for Pelletstown Educate Together National School. As a parent of three school children Mary understands the anxiety caused to parents and the pressure imposed on teachers when there are inadequate school facilities. Mary is working to ensure the long-promised…

Government u-turn on ECCE policy welcomed

Working on behalf of children with special needs Mary called on the Minister for Children to abandon the Governments proposal to do away with the  Overage Age Exemption from the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme from September 2018. Mary said the proposal to remove the Overage Age Exemption from the ECCE scheme would severely disadvantage children with special…