Public meeting tonight to discuss St Mary’s College, Ballisodare

Those campaigning to prevent the closure of St Mary’s College in Ballisodare say they do not want a six-year time limit on keeping the school open.

Instead, they say the aim should be to keep the school open indefinitely and permanently.

Councillors from Sligo Municipal District supported a motion yesterday from Cllr Thomas Healy calling for the proposed closure in two years time to be extended to six years in order to prove the viability of the school on a long-term, permanent basis.

Last night, a group involving parents, teachers, former pupils and members of Ballisodare Community Council met to discuss the situation facing the school.

Cllr Marie Casserly, a teacher of Irish and career guidance in the school, says they all want it to remain open indefinitely.

Meanwhile, a public meeting about the school’s future takes place tonight.

Cllr Casserly has been telling Ocean FM News what will happen at that meeting.