Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Six Meath schools to benefit in major building programme
Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has welcomed the news that construction will be progressed on six schools in Meath in 2012. The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, announced a total of 56 major school building projects today as part of the €430 million educational infrastructure plan for next year.
“I am delighted to receive confirmation from Minister Quinn that construction will progress at six Meath schools over the coming year. Dunshaughlin Community College will benefit from an extension and refurbishment project, while new schools will be provided for the boys and girls at Realt na Mara in Mornington.
“New school buildings are being provided at Scoil Naisunta Mhuire in Moynalty and Scoil Naisunta Mhuire Naofa in Enfield, while an extension and refurbishment project will be completed at the Drogheda Grammar School.
“This follows on from a number of school building projects in Meath which have been completed over the last year. In my own village of Ratoath, a new school built for St Paul’s NS. A new school was also built at Scoil Eoin National School in Navan, and extension works were carried out at Scoil Naomh Barra in Wilkinstown.
“I am sure that all of the pupils, teachers and parents involved in all of these schools will be delighted with today’s announcements. New buildings and extensions will provide top class facilities for students and staff alike.
“Over the next five years the Government will spend €2 billion on major school building projects. We are planning ahead to cater for the expected growth of 70,000 pupils in enrolment at primary and secondary level between now and 2018. This level of spending demonstrates the Government’s commitment to prioritising education provision during this time of austerity.”