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Three non-teaching staff at Faughart NS made redundant

Three non-teaching staff at Faughart NS made redundant
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The three non-teaching staff at Scoil Náisiunta Bhrighde in Faughart have been made redundant as the school’s future remains in doubt.

Faughart NS has had no pupils in it since it returned in September as parents withdrew their children as part of a long-running dispute over the school’s direction.

Just six students returned after the summer break but within a fortnight they were being accommodated elsewhere, leaving the three teacher school without any pupils.

Now, according to a report in today’s Argus, the three non-teaching staff at the school have been informed they are being made redundant.

The secretary, caretaker and cleaner will all have to find new jobs. It is also reported that the principal Aidan Brady will be redeployed. The other teachers are understood to have moved on some months ago.

Reacting to the news via their Facebook page, the Save Faughart NS group said: “This was NOT the outcome we wanted. Nor do we support disingenuous decisions made by those up the chain of decision making that could lead to the eventual closure, which are taken without consultation or consideration of the school community and the families who live in Faughart. And they call this ‘management?’

“How can these people sit down at Christmas with their loved ones and celebrate the jobs they have done this year, or the role they have played as part of humanity to do good in the world this year, when they have left our community in pieces like this? How can the priest and the Archbishop get up and talk to the people in churches about ‘love thy neighbour’ when they have failed to adequately represent a community that now no longer sees many of their neighbours? Why have our local public representatives fallen silent? All this to support one person’s career.

“It’s corrupt, it’s wrong, it’s rotten to the core. We will not be silent and let this be swept under the mat.”