Parents voice outrage about delays in Cootehill school development

Parents have been voicing their outrage at the news that a new building for the Holy Family School in Cootehill has been delayed yet again.

The school caters for children with severe and moderate learning disabilities, as well as autism and parents say it is “at capacity” and “totally unsuitable” as it is.


In 2015, the Department of Education gave the Holy Family School full approval for funding under the school building programme 2016 to 2021.

However, though construction works were expected to begin this summer, the school has been hit with another delay.

Relevant planning documentation was submitted to the Department in April in relation to Stage 2B, however the Department has now said that the relevant documentation is not in the right order.

The news was 30 years coming for the school, who say that the current school is not up to standard and that they may have to turn students away unless the school is upgraded.

Paddy McAloon who’s on the Parents Committee, says that the situation is becoming a serious health hazard.

He adds that he doesn’t know what it’ll take to show the urgency of the situation: