Wicklow VEC is spending €8,000 of taxpayers money and state paid staff to persuade people. This is very unfair on the voluntary Educate Together Group which must raise funds for brochures and must rely on volunteers in order to inform people of their project. €8,000 buys a lot of leaflets and publicity. A fair competition should give the same amount of taxpayers money to each group.
The new Secondary School at Blacklion in Greystones is scheduled to open in 2014. Currently a number of school patrons are running campaigns to be allowed run it. This includes Educate Together, Wicklow Vocational Education Committee and a Protestant Church group.
Greystones is unique, in Ireland, as 60% of pupils go to school outside town, mostly by choice. I believe that an Educate Together School has the best chance of attracting those people to go to school in the town as well as catering for population growth. I urge people to support the Educate Together public meeting at 8 pm in Charlesland Golf Club on Wednesday 7th December.