07 September 2015

Fitzgerald Guest at Welcome Ceremony for St Andrews

Frances Fitzgerald Local TD was
the guest at a welcome ceremony held in St Andrews new school building.
Reverend Scott Peoples, Chairman of the Board of Management thanked Minister Fitzgerald for her involvement with, and support of, the project. Reverend Peoples and a number of school children presented the Minister with a bouquet of flowers to acknowledge her work.
Speaking at the welcome ceremony, Fitzgerald said “it is fantastic to be in the new building today. I am delighted to join with Reverend Peoples, the teachers, staff, parents and most importantly pupils on this joyous celebration.”
“We are celebrating today this fantastic new building, a wonderful, colourful, state-of-the-art home for this school. The hard work and determination of the school community has brought this project to fruition today.

“I have worked closely along with Cllr William Lavelle in recent months with St. Andrew’s staff and management; in particular the Chair of the Board of Management Reverend Scott Peoples, former Principal Inez Cooper, Principal Julie Chapman and the parents to ensure that progress is made on this vital project.
“I worked with the Department of Education, the State Solicitor and the Office of Public Works to secure acquisition of the site, which proved to be a complex matter. I assisted with a number of legal issues involved in the project and to progress the development of the school to ensure the project progressed in a timely and efficient manner.
“I visited the school's previously cramped and ageing facilities on a number of occasions and I know that the school community has displayed plenty of patience and perseverance in that time. The project was a long road, and saw numerous challenges including the economic situation. However, I am delighted now that with the changing economic situation that funding was allocated for this school building, along with a number of other school buildings in the area. As Minister and local TD, I am proud of the fact that the Government I serve on was able to deliver for you.
“I want to say well done and keep up the good work to the teachers and staff of this school, led so ably by Julie Chapman. I congratulate the children on their performance and I wish the staff and their students the very best in this new school.