Another hammer blow for the future of St Mary’s High School

Those fighting to retain a secondary school in Fermanagh that takes some of its pupils from Donegal and Leitrim have vowed to continue their fight despite having been hit by another setback.


The North’s education minister, Peter Weir, has already indicated he is unwilling to reconsider the decision to close St Mary’s High School in Brollagh, near Belleek.


Now, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools has also said it’s unwilling to change its decision.


The CCMS is the advocate for the Catholic maintained schools in the North.


At a meeting between it, Sinn Fein MLA Jemma Dolan and MP Michelle Gildernew, the CCMS gave assurances that in any transition to another school, staff and students will be accommodated.


But it said it’s decision to close the school is final.


Local Assembly member Jemma Dolan says the fight for the continuation of post-primary education in that rural area is not over.