29 March 2012

Fitzgerald Welcomes Update on New Primary School for Lucan in 2013

Frances in one of the damp classrooms in St Andrews NS
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed news that Lucan is set to receive a new VEC primary school in 2013. This news comes at a time when ongoing works have begun at Gealscoil Eiscir Riada and progress is being made with respect to planned developments at Scoil Mhuire Woodview, St. Andrews N.S. and Esker Educate Together.

“I have spent years campaigning for extra resources for Lucan schools and am delighted that progress is being made by this Government. I welcome the announcement that a brand new VEC primary school is expected to open in Lucan in 2013, this comes at a time when progress is being made for a number of existing primary schools in the area, showing our commitment to provide school places in Lucan. This new school will be a positive addition to our community which already supplies so many top-quality primacy schools for children and parents throughout Lucan,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

Minister Fitzgerald was joined by local representatives in welcoming this news, which was part of a wider announcement by the Minister for Education Rurai Quinn, who revealed plans to create 20 new second level and 20 new primary schools in the next 6 years.

“Lucan has been facing a school places crisis and this new government is introducing positive measures to address this. Minister Quinn has committed to delivering on the new Lucan South Second Level School and has prioritised Lucan today by announcing a new primary school for our area in 2013.

“At cabinet level, I have been pushing for progress on a number of Lucan primary schools and Minister Quinn has confirmed to me that progress is being made for St. Andrews N.S., Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Esker Educate Together and Scoil Mhuire in Woodview. As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs I am committed to ensuring that children’s needs are seen to and progress for these schools along with news of additional primary school is a great boost for Lucan. This new school will, over the coming years, take huge pressures off our local school system,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

“I am delighted to be part of a government that delivers for children and parents in Lucan and I will continue to push for progress for the established primary schools in our area. This new primary school is scheduled to open in 2013 and it is proposed as a sixteen classroom VEC school,” continued Fitzgerald.

“I will continue to work on behalf of parents, children and teachers to ensure that Lucan schools receive adequate resources and accommodation,” concluded Minister Fitzgerald.