Education and Arts
What is it?
A community with a strong emphasis on Arts, enhances the aesthetic of the town for visitors and the quality of life for residents while enriching creativity and innovation of the community spirit.
What does it mean for you?
Cllr Johnny Flynn focuses on planning to ensure Ennis is successful and profitable town in the future. As a member of the School Board of Management for Scoil Christ Ri Cloughleigh for the last six years, he understand that Education of Ennis’ youth is at the forefront of town planning.
In 2018 Scoil Christ Ri Cloughleigh opened its doors to students as a newly refurbished €6 million school. This achievement came after 5 years of raising funding, undergoing the planning process and tendering a builder to complete the works. Cllr Johnny Flynn was not only a member of the School Board during this time but he also took an active part in the New School Project Committee. His experience as a former Engineer and Fire Officer, was invaluable in guiding the team during this process.
Cllr Flynn is part for the CBS Ennis Board of Management which has been working for a new school since 2012. In 2018, a contractor was appointed and works have commenced and are scheduled to be completed by September 2019.
As the surrounding villages of Ennis have seen as much growth as the town, Cllr Flynn is also involved in the Knockanean School project. His experience in Barefield National School, Scoil Christ Ri Cloughleigh and CBS school development projects and his background in Engineering will aid the Board of Management to navigate this process.
The children of these areas and the teaching staff will have a suitable environment to learn and develop.
Access to Third Level Education
In 2013, Cllr Flynn was an essential support for Dublin Coach in obtaining the licence for the Ennis route in which has been successfully running from Ennis to Dublin with stops in Limerick for five years. Dublin Coach provides a regular service from the town centre to assist the people of Ennis in getting to third level education college and work in Limerick. This affordable access to third level education has reduced the cost of attending college for Ennis residents, making the opportunity more widely available students.
Additional Secondary Schools for the Ennis Area
For the teenagers of Ennis, there is a shortage of spaces in Secondary Schools within their local vicinity. This adds to the expense and stress of families to transport their children to Secondary Schools outside the town centre. As the population grows, the Ennis students in Secondary Schools based in smaller towns and villages outside of the town will put too much pressure on their resources.
Cllr Flynn commits to advocate for a site to be sourced for an additional secondary school in Ennis town to the benefit of families in Ennis and the surrounding areas.