Announcement is part of a plan to establish 40 schools nationally.
Fine Gael Deputy for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has welcomed the Government announcement to establish a new second level school in Ashbourne County Meath.
“This announcement is very good news for parents and young people in Meath East. I am delighted that the needs that exist in Ashbourne have been recognised and will be addressed sooner rather than later. ”
“This is part of a plan of a plan to build 40 new primary and secondary schools nationally in the next six years and is a very clear articulation of the Government’s commitment to focus on key areas such as education, despite limited resources.”
“By building these schools the Government is responding to increased pressure in the education system as a result of the growing school going population. The Department of Education is predicting an increase of over 45,050 primary pupils and 24,900 post-primary pupils by the start of the 2017/18 school year.”
“Seventeen of the new schools will be in the Dublin area with a further 12 in the computer belt of Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and Louth. Six new schools will be established in Cork, three in Galway and one in each Cavan and Wexford. These new schools will be in addition to the seven new primary schools opened nationally in autumn 2010.”
“Many of the new schools will be sixteen-classroom primary schools and post-primary schools and post primary schools that can cater for up to 1,000 students. The new schools are estimated to cost approximately €380million and the programme of delivery will include some PPP projects. There will also be additional school extension projects which have been necessitated by growing school population”