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Ten major school building projects for Meath in 2014

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013 4:28pm

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Ten major school building projects for Meath in 2014

An image of the proposed new school for St Fintina's Post Primary, Longwood.

Ten major school building projects for Meath in 2014

An image of the proposed new school for St Fintina's Post Primary, Longwood.

Ten major school building projects are set to go to construction in Meath next year as part of a €2bn five-year school building plan announced by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn.
A total of 70 projects have been given the go-ahead across the country for construction to begin next year, including including five new primary schools, a new post-primary school and extensions to two primary schools and two secondary schools in County Meath.
The news will not only be welcomed by the schools that are set to benefit but is also a welcome boost for the construction sector.

Five new primary schools are set to commence construction in the county next year. They are Whitecross NS, Julianstown; Duleek Boys’ NS; Duleek Girls’ NS; Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Laytown, and Navan Educate Together.
Local primary schools to receive extensions include O’Growney NS, Athboy, and St Mary’s NS, Enfield.
St Fintina’s Post-Primary School, Longwood, has also received the go-ahead for a new 500-pupil school building, while St Peter’s College, Dunboyne, and Ratoath Community College are both to benefit from extensions.

Fine Gael Meath West TD Ray Butler has welcomed the announcement, saying: “I am delighted with today’s announcement of a €2 billion school building project, of which Meath will benefit from six new school buildings and four new extensions to existing schools. This is part of a major school-building project of 70 schools which will provide 27,500 permanent school places across the country.”

Meath East Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee said: “Every parent wants to give their children the best possible start in life and I think that this school building plan will be welcomed by parents and pupils alike.
“On top of the educational benefits, this significant investment will support 3,200 direct jobs and 640 indirect jobs in 2014. This is a welcome economic boost not only to the construction industry but to the communities where building will take place,” she said.

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