12 east Galway schools to benefit from latest announcement – Connaughton

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The provision of nine new schools in East Galway and the extension of a further three schools was welcomed this week by Deputy Paul Connaughton.

“Four new post primary school buildings, four new primary school buildings, three school extensions and one new special school are featured among those announced on Monday last.

“New post primary schools are to be provided for Coláiste na Coiribe, Tuam Road, Galway, Presentation College and Gairmsoil Mhuire in Athenry. Doughiska is to get both a new primary and post primary school. Primary schools that will benefit from new buildings include Gaelscoi Riada in Raheen, Gaelscoil Iarflatha, Tuam, Gaelscoil Riabhach in Loughrea. A new building is also to be provided for St.

Oliver’s Special School in Tuam. Extensions are to be provided for SN Creachmhaoil in Craughwell, Scoil Chroi Naofa in Athenry and SN Baile Atha na Riogh, Athenry.

“The improved school facilities will be most welcome, as will the hundreds of construction jobs involved. The announcement for County Galway is part of a €1.5

billion spend, which will see 275 projects completed in the next four years, with the creation of 18,000 jobs nationally as a result.

“Today’s announcement is part of the Government’s response to the fact that pupil numbers are going to increase significantly in coming years, with pupil numbers in primary schools to rise by 45,000 and post-primary by 25,000 in the next five years.

“In recent weeks, funding of €35 million was also announced to put an end to the wasteful policy of housing our pupils in prefabs. Taken together, the allocations demonstrate that with extremely limited spending options, this Government is taking steps to ensure that our children are educated in safe, modern facilities.”