Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly has welcomed the news that construction will be progressed on three schools in Cavan and four in Monaghan in 2012. The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, announced a total of 56 major school building projects today as part of the €430 million educational infrastructure plan for next year.

 Speaking after the announcement the Deputy said ‘In Cavan there will be two new schools built, Tulach a Mhile, in Corlough and St Patrick’s College, Cavan, Co.Cavan, Carraigabruise NS, Virginia will get an extension and refurbishment work carried out.

In Monaghan there will be three new schools built, Gaelscoil Ultain, Gaelcholáiste Oiriall and Monaghan Institute of Further Education (MIFET) while Corr a Chrainn NS will get an extension and refurbishment. I welcome this announcement from the Minister and it is great news for the pupils, parents and staff the schools in both counties.’

 ‘Over the next five years the Government will spend €2 billion on major school building projects. We are planning ahead to cater for the expected growth of 70,000 pupils in enrolment at primary and secondary level between now and 2018. This level of spending demonstrates the Government’s commitment to prioritising education provision during this time of austerity. It also demonstrates the Government’s commitment to rural schools and its understanding of the needs of rural communities” concluded the Deputy.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website