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Dr. John Walsh
Local Representative Castleknock
Working with Joan Burton, T.D. and Cllr Mary McCamley
• New PLC Courses Launched
Three new Post-Leaving Certificate courses for Dublin 15 were launched by Joan Burton TD on 21 November. The new courses will operate in Blakestown Community School and Riversdale Community College from September 2019. The courses are being offered by Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board. I attended a meeting with Minister John Halligan TD in July 2018 to lobby for the new courses, which should be a first step towards greater development of further education and apprenticeship in Dublin 15.
• New ERST Secondary School
It was recently announced that the new secondary school offered by the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) is being located on a 6 acre site adjacent to the Phoenix Park racecourse. The new ERST school is badly needed and resources should be included in the public capital programme to provide a permanent building for the school as soon as possible.
• Revised Rail Timetable
The revised Irish Rail timetable from 9th December introduces commuter trains every half hour at off peak times.
• Bus Connects
The Core bus corridors plan proposed by the National Transport Authority includes the route from Blanchardstown to the City Centre and this is open for public consultation until 15 February 2018:
• IT Blanchardstown
Blanchardstown Institute of Technology becomes part of the new Technological University for Dublin from 1 January 2019.