College extension moves a step closer

by Gazette Reporter
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A local government Minister is confident that an extension at Castleknock Community College could be built through a new government stimulus package set to be announced.

Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (Lab) spoke exclusively to The Gazette this week following separate meetings with Education Minister Ruairi Quinn (Lab)  and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin (Lab).

According to Minister Burton, the government hopes to announce a new stimulus plan “very shortly”.

“It is intended that the plan will use spare money, including from the promissory note deal, to invest in crucial infrastructure – building projects that will deliver necessary facilities and create jobs.

“Schools will be a key component, and Castleknock Community College, having long been on the list, has in my view an unarguable case to be included.

“CCC has done everything which the Department of Education advised those not included on last year’s five-year construction programme to do.

“I understand one of the key criteria for inclusion on the new plan will be that projects are shovel-ready, and CCC has done everything possible to get to that stage.

“As a result, I’m very confident that CCC has every chance of being on that plan when it is announced in the coming weeks,” she said.

“I have been pushing the issue very strongly with both the Minister for Education and the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform.”

The school is holding a public meeting on Thursday, May 16, at 8pm in Castleknock Community College. They invited local representatives and the community to attend the meeting to discuss the proposed 10 classroom and sports hall extension not being included in the Department of Education’s five-year building plan and to push to get it included.

When asked if Minister Burton will be in attendance at this public meeting, she said she has been invited and intends to go, adding she will be sharing this latest development at this meeting.

“The school has put a lot of work, and the VEC, have put a lot of work in this. I am very confident it will be in the stimulus plan and the key thing is that projects in the plan have to be ready to go to tender from July. I am confident now that having put the case to the Minister of Education, and particularly Brendan Howlin, that CCC more than qualifies to be included,” she said.

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