Friday 22 March 2019

Hedgestown progress as architect appointed

John Manning

A long-awaited new building for Hedgestown National School is a step closer this week with news that an architect has been appointed to move to move the project forward.

The Minister for Education has informed Senator James Reilly that the new project architect has been appointed to the long awaited new Hedgestown National School in Lusk.

Senator Reilly said: 'I have been pressing the Department and Minister for some time to move this project forward.

'The existing school is not in great condition and it's way past time it was replaced with a modern facility, with safe access and egress for parents students and teachers. '

Senator Reilly praised the school authorities and the local community for their long campaign to secure the new school building.

He said: 'The local community, teachers and parish representatives have been great in campaigning for the new school and assembling sites to provide the school.

'Eddie Kirk, former principal laboured long and hard on this project and the new principal and parents team are also taking up the challenge.

'As a local GP and a local politician they have my full support. '

Senator Reilly added: ' It's very important we invest in our rural communities and this new school is a key investment in the Lusk rural area at Hedgestown.

'I look forward to the next positive real steps on this school project.

The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD confirmed the news that a new architect has been appointed, in a letter to the local senator.

The letter states: ' The new architect was immediately provided with the project drawings and detailed design to date completed by the previous in-house Departmental architect, in order to familiarise, review and update the project. The new architect has also been in contact with the other Design Team members and will need to meet with the school in the near future.

Following their review, the Design Team will provide a report and project programme to the Board of Management which will in turn be forwarded to my Department for review.

'At that point, my department will advise the school authorities of the timeline for the progression of this project to tender and construction.'

Fingal Independent