With over 60 people in attendance at a public meeting last night (Thursday 12th) in the GAA Club, Ratoath, the Establishing Committee of GaelScoil Rathto updated parents on the progress made to date in setting up a new Gaelscoil in Ratoath.
“Based on the 2006 census, Ratoath has the youngest population in the country as a village/town and has seen its population increase approximately ten fold over the last decade said Cllr. Regina Doherty”.
The Department have carried out a study of the country to identify the areas where, due to demographic changes, there maybe a requirement for additional school provisions in primary levels over the coming years. This study indicated that a requirement for additional primary provision was greatest in 43 locations across the country. Ratoath was identified.
The forward planning section of the Department of Education having identified these locations think it prudent to plan for the establishment of new schools to commence operations in September 2010 and have invited all existing patrons to put forward there interest in patroning any new schools. We have applied under the patronship of Foras Patrunachta”
Although we are very close to achieving the establishment of a Gaelscoil in Ratoath we all recognise that we still need the final approval from the Department which we do not expect the hear from for a few weeks yet, but we are very hopeful that all our hard work will be rewarded.”
When we are successful it will see Gaelsoil Rathto added to the already superb providers of education we have in Ratoath; Ratoath Junior & Senior National School, St Pauls National School and Rathbeggan National School.”