SEVENTEEN locations in Co Louth and East Meath are set to benefit from a major investment in school buildings which is to be rolled out over the next five years.
The announcement of new schools and extensions for the county has been welcomed by Louth Fine Gael TDs Fergus O’Dowd and Peter Fitzpatrick.
Work is due to begin this year on a new school at St Francis NS in Dundalk, while 2013 has been confirmed as the start date for a new 1,000 student secondary school in Dundalk and an extension at St Joseph’s NS Dundalk.
Works for a new primary school for Ardee Educate Together and extensions to CBS Primary in Dundalk, St Joseph’s Secondary School in Drogheda and Scoil Ui Mhuiri post primary in Dunleer are set to begin in 2014/15.
“It reflects the Programme for Government commitment to prioritise school building projects in a revised national development plan and to bring about greater transparency,” said Minister O’Dowd.
“All of these projects will provide additional accommodation for the rapidly rising numbers in our schools. Between now and 2017, we are expecting approximately 45,000 extra pupils in our primary schools and 25,000 extra pupils in our post-primary schools.
Mr Fitzpatrick said: “These projects will...also give a significant boost in terms of job creation.
“It is also expected that some additional school projects may be announced during the term of the five year capital plan, to cater for increased demand in some areas. Education is being prioritised...”