Progress on New Athenry School

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Deputy Paul Connaughton this week welcomed news that a new 1,000 school is to be developed on a greenfield site for Gairmscoil Mhuire, Athenry and is expected to open in 2014.

“This is great news for Athenry and represents the culmination of many years of hard work on behalf of Principal Alan Mongey, staff and members of the Board of Management at the school. This has been a priority issue for me since my election. After the election, I met Principal Alan Mongey about his issue and have continued to be in contact with the Department with a view to progressing this project.

“Detailed work has been undertaken by the Department of Education to identify the level of additional school capacity that will be required to meet pupil enrolment increases into the future at both primary and post-primary level.

“In this context, the Department examined the pupil accommodation position in Athenry, including Gairmscoil Mhuire, and decided that a long term pupil enrolment level of 1,000 pupils would be required in the school. The Department now plans to provide a new 1,000 pupil school on a greenfield site and has been in contact with County Galway VEC about this.

“It is imperative now that the momentum behind this project is continued, with a view to ensuring that Athenry pupils can enjoy a new state-of-the-art school by 2014,” concluded Deputy Connaughton.