Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and Local TD, Darragh O’Brien has welcomed confirmation that an extension of St. Oliver Plunkett's National School in Balrothery, North County Dublin has received approval to go to tender.
Minister O’Brien convened a meeting between the Minister for Education Norma Foley and school Principal Mairead Murphy at which it was impressed upon the Minister the need for a new school building for the children of Balrothery.
Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “I was delighted to host today’s meeting and hear the positive news that St. Oliver Plunkett's National School, Balrothery can now proceed to tender.
“I think it is clear for all to see that this Government has put a significant focus, and made massive investment in Education over the past two very challenging years.
“In North County Dublin we have a number of new schools under construction, both national and secondary schools and having recently visited Balrothery national school it was very clear to me that it was in urgent need of a new school building.
“I’d like to commend Principal Murphy, Board of Management Chair Sheila Macken and Chair of Balrothery Community Council Kevin Tolan who have been strong advocates and indeed the wider Board of Management, teachers, parents and students who have campaigned for their new school.
“Having worked with the school on this issue for a number of years now I hope to see this project progress as a matter of urgency,” he concluded.