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(Ireland) Cork: New special school coming

Jun 15, 2022, Cork Beo: Unused Cork city site 'earmarked' for new special school as Council hands over land https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/unused-cork-city-site-earmarked-24236925

Cork City Council has handed over a site of land North of the city to the Department of Education, and the plot is now earmarked to be a new special school....

On Tuesday evening, Cork North-Central TD Padraig O'Sullivan shared the news from Cork City Council's council meeting that "City Councillors approved to dispose of land to the Dept of Education."…

"Given the shortage of special ed places in the wider Cork area, we now need to kick on with getting this project through the planning and tender processes and getting this facility built." It has not been decided what organisation will run the school, or whether it will be a primary or secondary school….

Many children in Cork still have no school place for special education around the city, but the Department said that at least 30 pupils will be offered a place at the Rochestown school initially. The Department, along with the National Council of Special Education is also working to provide further support and expansions at three other Cork schools.

Carrigaline Community Special School which opened in 2021 is to see 16 extra places for the coming school year, and St. Killian’s Special School in Mayfield is to see an additional 18 places for September.

Cork City Council have handed the land over to the Dept of Education (Image: Google)