In what will be a positive development for education in Achill and Belmullet, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced that both Coláiste Pobail Acla and Our Lady’s Secondary School have been designated DEIS status.
There was uproar among parents in Achill when it emerged that Coláiste Pobail Acla would not qualify for the DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) programme when it was formed following the amalgamation of McHale College and Scoil Damhnait in 2011.
Despite McHale College qualifying for DEIS status, it seems the new school lost its status because it was assigned a new roll number and there were no new DEIS designations since its establishment in 2005.
However, Mr Kenny announced that 13 new Mayo primary and post-primary schools will be included on the new DEIS Programme.
“I welcome the news that 13 new Mayo Primary and Post-Primary schools will be included on the DEIS Programme. The new plan will give even more students in Mayo the tools to excel regardless of their geographic location or socio-economic background,” he said.
As well as Our Lady’s Secondary School in Belmullet, the eleven new Mayo primary schools to be included in the DEIS Scheme are: Killocrann NS, Castlehill; Cloonlyon NS, Charlestown; SN Inbhear, Erris; Killaser NS, Swinford; Cloonfad NS, Ballhaunis; SN Cill Mhuire, Crossmolina; Killeenduff NS, Easkey; St Treasa’s NS, Kilkelly; Scoil Néifinn, Keenagh; Clogher NS, Claremorris and Lisaniska NS, Foxford.