Three schools in line for major revamp

by Gazette Reporter
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Three local schools will get brand new premises and plans are in place for a new primary school and a secondary school as part of the latest buildings programme.
St Mochta’s will get its long-awaited new school building and both senior and junior schools at St Patrick’s Corduff will also be totally rebuilt with planning permission secured and construction due to start next year.
Meanwhile, construction will also start on a premises for the newly established Pelletstown Educate Together NS in Ashtown which is currently operating out of temporary accommodation.
Phase two of Luttrellstown Community College’s new building will go ahead with completion set for 2018. Work also began on the new permanent building for Le Cheile secondary school in Tyrrelstown this week.
Plans are also under way for a new primary school in Pelletstown and a new secondary school in Carpenterstown/Castleknock.
The projects were announced by Tanaiste Joan Burton and Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan at an event in Blanchardstown.
She said parents, pupils and staff at St Mochta’s had had a long campaign to get a new school, and the plans had met with unforeseen delays, but it should be possible to move rapidly towards construction work.
She added that she is also delighted that Luttrellstown Community College can proceed to expand in order to serve the rapidly growing neighbourhood.
“Dublin 15 has done very well in the provision of new schools these past few years, and [this] list is confirmation that this will continue, as the area expands more with a great population,” she said.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said it’s a great day for education in Dublin West with the announcement of these new state-of-the-art facilities. He said the future secondary school for the Castleknock/Carpenterstown area would have capacity for 1,000 students.
“While the demand for these new schools is only emerging, it’s important to plan ahead and allow sites to be identified and plans developed. There has been an enormous investment in new schools, and extensions to existing schools, in the Dublin 15 and Dublin 7 areas in the last few years,” he said.

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