16 November 2011

Fitzgerald welcomes the successful completion of 14 new schools

Local Fine Gael TD and Minster for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the successful delivery of 14 new schools under the 2011 Rapid Delivery Programme. Both Lucan East Educate Together and Clonburris National School have received extensions to their buildings under the Rapid Programme announced by Minister for Education and Skills, RuairĂ­ Quinn.

The 2011 Rapid Programme included projects for 13 primary schools and one post-primary school where accommodation could be delivered using off-site construction methods. These schools serve rapidly developing areas, where either there was no existing school or where existing provision was unable to meet the demand.

“I am delighted that Lucan East Educate Together and Clonburris National School have gotten extensions. Both Lucan and Clondalkin have seen a significant growth in population in recent years, and having visited schools around the area myself it was easy to see that this is putting pressure on school resources and facilities” said Fitzgerald.

The projects were tendered in late 2010 and construction commenced on the various projects between February and April this year. By mid-November 2011 all 14 schools will be completed.

Welcoming the new schools and improvements, Minister Quinn said: “This year’s Rapid Delivery Programme will provide accommodation for over 4,500 pupils. These students will benefit from modern energy efficient buildings and improved learning environments.”

The Rapid Programme was developed in 2007 to diversify delivery methods and thereby provide an innovative response to the need to deliver schools quickly in areas experiencing rapid population growth.

The programme involves a fast track approach to the construction of high quality, cost effective school buildings on suitable green-field sites, through the use of modern building technologies involving modular off site construction.

“This funding for Lucan East Educate Together and Clonburris has been long overdue and with such a young demographic in this country significant challenges lie ahead in terms of provision of facilities due to the increase in demand for school places. The school environment plays a huge role in children’s school lives and it is important that they have the space to both learn and play” concluded Fitzgerald.