A new post-primary school in Claregalway will open next year in interim accommodation pending the construction of a permanent building, the Minister for Education has confirmed.
Concerns were raised in relation to the project following the publication of the Department’s five-year school building programme last month, which stated that the school would not progress to construction until 2014/15.
However, Minister Ruairí Quinn last week confirmed in response to a parliamentary question by Galway West TD Brian Walsh that the new school would be taking enrolments for September 2013.
The Minister said that the long-awaited post-primary school in Claregalway will be established in 2013 and his department would soon be in communication with its patrons regarding the next steps to be taken, including the provision of interim accommodation.
Fine Gael Deputy Brian Walsh said the Department of Education and Skills had enlisted the assistance of Galway County Council in identifying and acquiring a site for the new school, and this process was ongoing.
“There was some confusion regarding the timeframe in which the new school was to be established after the five-year programme stated that construction may not begin until 2015,” he said.
“The projected demand for secondary school places in the Claregalway area makes it absolutely vital that enrolments begin sooner rather than later, so I am pleased that the Minister has confirmed that we are still on course to have a new school in place as early as next year.
He added that the department was working closely with the relevant local authority in relation to identifying and acquiring a site for the proposed post-primary school for Claregalway.