Green light for school extensions
Five County Wicklow schools are set to grow having been approved for funding for additional accommodation, with an additional nine schools benefiting from emergency works, mainly over the summer months.
The approved schools for extensions are: Dominican College, Wicklow town, which will have three science labs added to its campus, along with a Design Communications room with two science labs to be converted into classrooms; East Glendalough School, Wicklow town is in line for refurbishment of its Home Economics room; St Michaels and St Peters Jnr School, Arklow, which will see a room conversion to create an ASD unit; refurbishment at Marino School in Bray will create a new mainstream classroom and the new build of a mainstream classroom including ensuite toilets; and two new special education needs classrooms will be built at Carnew NS, Carnew.
In addition, the following Wicklow schools have been approved for emergency works: Wicklow Educate Together NS (mechanical works), Gaelcholaiste na Mara (structural improvements), Hollywood NS (mechanical works), Coolfancy NS, Tinahely (roof works), Glenart College, Arklow (Special Needs Projects), Realt na Mara NS in Brittas Bay (mechanical works); St Joseph's NS (other structural improvements), SN Padraig Naofa (roof works) and St Brigids NS, Annacurra (structural improvements).
Fine Gael Minister of State Andrew Doyle welcomed the Department of Education and Skills funding of the schools' projects, saying: 'I am very pleased to report that the department has approved a large number of schools for extra classrooms, which will result in extra space and resources for the pupils and teachers. Detailed letters will issue to school authorities, principals or boards of management to notify them of the grant and the work that is to be carried out.'
Describing the funding as a good outcome for these schools which deserve praise for the level of work they would have invested in putting their application together, he said: 'This is also testament to the Government's commitment to investing in all our counties. We need to see this investment continue into all our educational facilities and institutions in Ireland South, right up to third level,' he added.