Thursday, July 26, 2012

Doherty welcomes confirmation of VEC as patron for new Ashbourne school

Site for new educational campus must now be secured

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Tuesday) welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn TD, that Co. Meath VEC has been chosen as the patron for the new post-primary school in Ashbourne. Deputy Doherty added that it is imperative that the site for the new educational campus is now secured. 

“I am very pleased to receive confirmation from Minister Quinn that the new school in Ashbourne will be run by Meath VEC. The local VEC, under the stewardship of Peter Kierns, has a strong track record in providing second level education for children across Co. Meath and I have no doubt that the organisation will run this new school to the highest standards.

“The Ashbourne VEC will be built on a new educational campus that will also house two new Educate Together and Gaelscoil primary schools. The VEC will also have an Irish stream, which will allow pupils from the local Gaelscoileanna from Ashbourne, Dunshaughlin and Dunboyne to receive their education through Irish on the new single educational site. This is an innovative way of delivering Irish-language education.

“This new school campus will provide much needed additional capacity to cope with the growing primary and secondary student population across Meath East. A site has been identified for the campus, and I understand that the Department of Education has put in an offer. I hope this site can be secured and the project can proceed as planned.

“The Gaelscoil is due to be built in 2013, the VEC is due to be established in 2014 and the Educate Together school is due in 2015, and I hope these date will not be compromised due to difficulties in securing the desired site. I would urge all of the local stakeholders involved to work together on this issue to ensure that construction on the new campus can be commenced as soon as possible.”

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