17 November 2015, 7.10am
By Bryan T. Smyth
Fine Gael TD for Cork North Central and Minister of State for European Affairs, Dara Murphy TD, has warmly welcomed the announcement by Government today of a major school building programme, which includes funding for Scoil An Athar Tadhg in Carrignavar, and Scoil Chroí Íosa and Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, both in Blarney.
Minister Murphy said in total 32 schools in Cork are to benefit from funding under the multi-million euro school building programme.
“Today’s announcement, which will allow the school project in Carrignavar to proceed to the construction stage in 2016, and the two school projects in Blarney to go to construction in 2017, is great news for pupils, parents and the communities.”
“I’ve met with the schools on a number of occasions and am acutely aware that this investment has been badly-needed to provide suitable accommodation and more school places to meet the accommodation requirements of our growing school population. In total, 32 schools in Cork are to benefit under this major school building programme.”
“Investment in our schools is investment in our young people and their future. I know how vital it is to parents that their children are not just guaranteed a school place, but are guaranteed that they can learn and grow in a comfortable environment, which is conducive to study. Fine Gael is committed to ensuring that this happens. The significant investment announced today will also support direct and indirect jobs in Cork.
“I want to commend the work of the principals, boards of management, teachers, parents and community representatives for the role they’ve played in advancing the school projects in Carrignavar and Blarney to the point that they have a start date for construction. In particular, Damian Boylan, Fine Gael Local Area Representative for Blarney, has been very active locally, pushing for both school projects in the town to be progressed as a matter of urgency.”