Posted on November 17, 2015 12:36 PM   |   Permanent Link   

Four major school investment projects in Dublin Bay North have been given the green light by the new School Buildings Plan announced today.

"Welcoming the news, Sean Kenny TD said: "I am extremely pleased that Dublin Bay North has featured so strongly in the much-anticipated School Capital Plan today, and that Minister Jan O'Sullivan has prioritised a number of critical projects."

"As a local Labour TD, I have been tirelessly working with Minister O'Sullivan on behalf of schools in the community, highlighting the need for greater investment and better education infrastructure. Therefore I'm glad to see good news emerge for the locality today because I know it will vastly benefit pupils and teachers alike."

"Major Projects to proceed over the next 6 years in Dublin Bay North include, Coláiste Lán Ghaeilge An Ghráinseach (also known as Coláiste Reachrann) in Donaghmede, which is a post primary school and is scheduled to begin construction next year."

"In 2018, a new school will be built in the area taking in Drumcondra and Marino. The location of this school has yet to be decided. Between the years 2019 and 2021, Grange Community College in Donaghmede and St Fintan's High School, both post-primary schools, will have major new projects underway as well."

"A range of areas nationwide are experiencing increased demographic pressure and will be kept under ongoing review. There has been a lot of work done at primary level in the last 5 years. However, at post-primary level, ongoing demographic analysis that is being undertaken will include the Dublin 13 & Dublin 17 area in the Dublin Bay North constituency. This is obviously welcome for our communities in those areas and means that there will most likely be further school building projects examined and presumably given the green light in the coming years."

"Not only will the improvements to school buildings benefit local pupils by ensuring they are educated in modern surroundings, but it will also benefit the local construction industry."

"Despite the obvious financial challenges of the last few years, Labour in Government have delivered the largest ever school investment programme in the history of the State, and I am pleased that Dublin Bay North is benefitting in a significant way from that."