James O’Sullivan, a Fine Gael member of Greystones Town Council has warmly welcomed the significant capital investment in educational facilities in the North Wicklow area. Two new school buildings have been given the go-ahead, while three other schools are to get extensions to their existing facilities.
Speaking after the announcement, Councillor O’Sullivan said, “I’m thrilled that the Capital Investment Programme by the Government includes so many North Wicklow projects. Nationally total enrolment in Primary schools is expected to grow by roughly 45,000 between now and 2018. It is vital that we plan appropriately for such a drastic increase. As a society, we need to commit to ensuring that appropriate facilities are in place in our community to meet the needs of students.”
The new school buildings for the area include:
- Greystones Educate Together (2013)
- A new secondary school for Greystones (2013)
School extensions have also been announced for the following schools in the area:
- Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath (2013)
- St. David’s Secondary School, Greystones (2014/15)
- Kilcoole Primary School (2015/16)
Councillor O’Sullivan continued, “These investments are vital but we must also not forget the importance of continuing to support all primary schools in our community. I believe that every child growing up in Ireland should be able to avail of the best primary school education possible. Every parent should be able to choose which school they wish to send their child to, be that with a religious or non-religious ethos. I will be continuing to push for additional investment in St Brigid’s, St Kevin’s, St Laurence’s and Delgany National Schools which need resources to deal with growing demand.”
“It is anticipated this capital investment programme will provide approximately 15,000 direct and 3,000 indirect jobs over the course of the programme. In addition, increased school capacity will also allow for the hiring of additional newly qualified teachers when the construction works are completed.”
“As a past pupil of St. David’s Secondary school, I’m particularly delighted to see the additional investment in this fantastic school. This is a perfect example of the importance of having a Greystones based Government TD in the area. My colleague in Fine Gael, Deputy Simon Harris, has been a long time advocate of better educational facilities for the area and I commend his efforts. Deputy Harris and I will be continuing to push the Government to allocate further funding for educational services in North Wicklow”, concluded Councillor O’Sullivan.