Funding has been approved for a new extension and the refurbishment of Holy Family National School at Carrickboy, Ballyshannon. The school currently has 224 pupils.
The capital project was one of 28 approved today by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, TD, in a total investment package of €50 million. In all, 18 primary schools and 10 post primary schools will be replaced or refurbished.
Ballyshannon Town Councillor John Meehan, himself a past pupil at the school, welcomed the news, which he said would be of tremendous benefit to both the town and the school’s pupils.
“This is a major investment that is very much to be welcomed by the whole community. The project will create jobs - in both direct and indirect employment - during the construction phase and will also provide the town with a state of the art educational facility.”
Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, also welcomed the announcement. “I know, as a former teacher and principal, the importance of having appropriate infrastructure in place in which to teach and in which our young children can learn.”
Minister McGinley added: “This major investment will see Holy Family National School, Carrickboy, Ballyshannon, Donegal included in the extension/refurbishment announcement made today. Dinny McGinley said, “this is very welcome news indeed for the community in Ballyshannon as today’s announcement will also provide direct and indirect local construction jobs. I know too as a former teacher and principal the importance of having appropriate infrastructure in place in which to teach and in which our young children can learn. State-of-the-art facilities will now be provided for those attending Holy Family National School.”
He added: “The Planning and Building Unit of the Department of Education and Skills will communicate directly with the Board of Management at the school regarding the next steps to be taken.”