English and Cllr. Holloway confirm new schools for Johnstown

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I am pleased to confirm that the schools needed to complete the Johnstown School Campus will continue to progress under my Department’s six year plans for Major School Building projects.  Construction works at the campus to provide new school buildings for:

· St. Mary’s Special School which can commence in 2016
· Colaiste na Mí Post Primary School (Phase ii) which can commence in 2016

Also, construction of new school buildings in or serving Johnstown will include:

· Lismullen National School which can commence in 2016

· Ard Rí Community National School which can commence in 2017
· St. Ultan’s Special School which can commence in 2019-2021
· St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School which can commence in 2019-2021

These are very significant investments in education for Johnstown & Navan.  It builds on the recent opening of St. Stephen’s National School and Colaiste na Mí (Phase I).   It represents a very clear and strategic choice by this Government and shows the importance of education and schools to the life of our country as well as education’s importance to our overall economy.

Message from Cllr. Jim Holloway:

Councillor Jim Holloway pictured as Chairman of Meath County Council with former Taoiseach John Bruton and Minister Damien English

Councillor Jim Holloway pictured as Chairman of Meath County Council with former Taoiseach John Bruton and Minister Damien English

“I welcome the news from Minister English that the completion of
the new Johnstown School Campus is a priority. When finished, it
will be a great asset for the community to have the primary, post
primary and St. Mary’s Special School fully completed for the pupils
of the area at the same location.”

English: Capital plan for education will see €4 Billion invested from 2016 to 2022

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Meath schools and students to benefit from new facilities

Local Meath West T.D. Damien English,  the Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, has welcomed the Government’s new €2.8 Billion Schools Capital Programme 2016 to 2022 announced today (Tuesday 17th November) which includes some good news for Meath schools, and is part of the Department’s overall Capital spend of €4 Billion during this period.

This new Capital Programme outlines the details of the major schools projects that will create 62,000 additional school places nationally at primary and post-primary level to address future demographic demands.  Funding will also be available for the refurbishment of schools in older buildings that require improvement.  The plan also provides for important investment of €210m in IT and wireless broadband capacity in schools.

The schools in Meath that will receive major capital funding for projects include:

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    SN Na Trionoide Naofa, Lios Muilinn
Primary
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    St Mary’s Special School, Johnstown, Navan
Special School
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    St Paul’s NS, Abbeylands, Navan
Primary
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    Kildalkey Central NS
Primary
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    Eureka Secondary School, Kells
Post Primary
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    Mercy Convent NS, Navan
Primary
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    Dunboyne Junior NS
Primary
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    Dunboyne Senior NS
Primary
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    Ard Rí Community NS
Primary
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    O’Carolan College, Nobber
Post Primary
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    Boyne Community School, Trim
Post Primary
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    St. Ultan’s Special School, Navan
Special School
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    St. Peter’s COI NS, Dunboyne
Primary
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    St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School, Navan
Post Primary
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    Franciscan College, Gormanston
Post Primary
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    Scoil Mhuire, Trim
Post Primary
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    ETB Dunboyne College
Post Primary
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    Ashbourne Community School
Post Primary
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    De Lacy College, Ashbourne
Post Primary

“This is a very significant investment for education locally in Meath and indeed nationally.  We are responding to local needs and reaffirming commitments outstanding from the previous plan and ensuring the right funding is in place.  This represents a very clear and strategic choice by this Government and shows the importance of education and schools to the life of our country as well as education’s importance to our overall economy” Minister English said.

Enfield

“Enfield is included under the category ‘other areas where additional provision may be required’.  A range of areas nationwide are experiencing increased demographic pressure and will be kept under ongoing review.  At post-primary level, it is apparent at this point that this ongoing demographic analysis will include areas such as Enfield (Kilcock feeder area). Additional provision may be required post 2018 based on this ongoing analysis. I am glad that Enfield is now recognised as an area under consideration given the growth in primary school pupils in the town and its environs” Minister English said.
Minister English noted this new plan is capital funding, money for major new infrastructural projects, and is different from day to day spending in education, which will also grow in line with the expanding economy.  Schools that require additional school classrooms or other minor accommodation works continue to be progressed through the usual channels outside of this major capital programme.
“This new Schools Capital Programme (2016-2022) will build on this Government’s current 5 year programme.  In this regard I want to confirm that Phase 2 of Colaiste na Mí in Johnstown, St. Mary’s Special School in Navan and St. Pauls National School have funding ring fenced for the delivery of the new school buildings.  It is especially pleasing to see that planning permission for Colaiste na Mí phase 2 and St. Mary’s Special School has been lodged last week” Minister English said.
He stated that an additional 60,000 school places at primary and post-primary level have already been provided by this Government since 2011 through new build and extensions projects, including many in Co. Meath.  He highlighted schools such as Beaufort College, Baconstown N.S., Killyon NS, Bohermeen NS & Longwood that have seen great developments recently in their educational facilities.
“The quality of these new purpose built school building projects in Meath is top class and they provide our youngest generation with a fantastic learning environment” stated Minister English.

“This Government is increasing both current and capital investment in education in a safe and sustainable way in line with our growing economy, and so as to future proof our economy and the skill set of our younger generation.  This will benefit all our citizens, with a very positive impact on our economic, social and cultural life, especially in towns and parishes in across Co. Meath” concluded Minister English.

English: Capital plan for education will see €4 Billion invested from 2016 to 2021

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Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation and Meath West Fine Gael TD has welcomed the significant portion of the Government’s new €27bn capital programme for 2016 to 2021 that will be devoted to the education sector.

The Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills stated that the next capital plan announced by the Government some €3.8bn in direct funding will be invested in educational projects.  By comparison the initial allocation for education under the previous five year capital programme was €2.2bn. An additional €200m in Public Private Partnership funding over the life time of the capital programme will result in more than €4bn in public investment in education from 2016 to 2021.

“This is a very significant investment of money for education.  It represents a very clear and strategic choice by this Government and shows the importance of education and schools to the life of our country, especially in rural areas, as well as education’s importance to our overall economy” Minister English said.

Minister English noted this is capital funding, money for major new infrastructural projects, and is different from day to day spending in education, which will also grow in line with the expanding economy.  He stated that an additional 60,000 school places at primary and post-primary level have already been provided by this Government since 2011 through new build and extensions projects, including many in Co. Meath.  He highlighted schools such as Beaufort College, Baconstown N.S., Killyon NS, Bohermeen NS & Longwood that has seen great developments recently in their educational facilities.  

“The quality of these new purpose built school building projects in Meath is top class and they provide our youngest generation with a fantastic learning environment.  But there remains more we can and must do. Projects under the existing schools capital plan such as St. Paul’s in Navan, Colaiste na Mí (Phase 2) in Johnstown and St. Mary’s Special School have already funding ear marked for their building needs to be completed” stated Minister English.

In the coming weeks a new Schools Capital Plan by the Department of Education and Skills will be announced.  This plan will outline the details of the major schools projects that will create 62,000 additional school places at primary and post-primary level to address future demographic demands.  Funding will also be available for the refurbishment of schools in older buildings that require improvement.  The plan also provides for important investment of €210m in IT and wireless broadband capacity in schools.  

“In Meath West I am aware of the demands of schools such as St. Ultan’s Special School in Navan, the Educate Together School in Trim, Ard Rí Community National School in Navan, Lismullin NS and the need for a new second level school for Enfield in South Meath amongst others” Minister English stated.

“This Government is increasing both current and capital investment in education in a safe and sustainable way in line with our growing economy, and so as to future proof our economy and the skill set of our younger generation.  This will benefit all our citizens, with a very positive impact on our economic, social and cultural life, especially in rural towns and parishes in Meath West” concluded Minister English.

Minister English welcomes investment at St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School, Navan

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I welcome the news that my Department has sanctioned additional accommodation for St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School in Navan.

The school will benefit from 2 new 15m2 Resource Rooms via the devolved grant scheme.

Over the last number of years St. Joseph’s has received €614,030 in Summer Works and other capital grants towards roof works, window replacement, car parking and other works.

With an enrolment of over 700 girls, which has grown steadily in recent years, St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School is at the very heart of the community of Navan. I commend the Principal Ms. Mulligan and her Board of Management on their leadership is seeking this additional accommodation for their school, and I am willing to work with them to seek further improvements in the years ahead.

New classroom for St. Mary’s N.S., Collinstown, Co. Westmeath.

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Councilor Frank McDermott

Along with local Councillor Frank McDermott I am delighted to announce that the Department of Education and Skills has sanctioned a devolved grant to provide for additional accommodation at St. Mary’s National School in Collinstown, Co. Westmeath. The additional accommodation will comprise a mainstream classroom with en-suite toilets together with toilet facilities for assisted users. The School Board of Management has been notified of the grant sanction and I commend them on their voluntary work in running the school, as well as the work of Principal Proinsias Ó Fearghail. Cllr. McDermott joins me in wishing St. Mary’s N.S. well with their new project.

Minister English and Bishop Smith officially open Killyon National School extension

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Officially opening Killyon National School with Bishop Smith

School also raises 4th Green Flag

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The first school in Killyon was a mud walled building without even the basic amenities – toilets or heating, local Fine Gael T.D. and Junior Education Minster Damien English told the large gathering of dignitaries and locals at the official blessing and opening of the extension of St. Finian’s National School in Killyon on Friday 12th June 2015. “But the pupils kept coming and this makes us think of the value people in this area placed on education, and still place on education” stated Minister English.

“But times change, and we must change with them. That’s why I am delighted to join the Bishop of Meath Michael Smith and Chairman of the BOM Rev. Fr. Patrick Kearney in the official opening and blessing of this new school extension. I hope it is a place of joy, friendships and learning for the whole community for many years to come” Minister English told the crowd of pupils, staff team led by Principal Jane Burke, parents and local politicians.

Minister English, who is Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, also highlighted the environmental innovation of students and staff in raising their 4th Green Flag at the official opening. The theme for this flag was ‘transport’ and for this pupils carried out a number of surveys about the means of transport used by pupils in Killyon NS and in other schools around the country. They also carried out projects on road and cycling safety, and show cased the results of their research to the local community.

The total grant-aid for the extension at St. Finian’s N.S. Killyon was €303,290. This grant facilitated the provision of 2 mainstream classrooms, en-suite toilets, WC for assisted users, furniture, ICT equipment, fencing, heating works and re-surfacing play areas.

The school were also awarded a grant of €137,831 under Summer Works Scheme 2014 for roof repairs. These works have now been completed.

Opening of new St. Ultan’s N.S. Bohermeen extension

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Thursday 28th May was a proud day for the Parish of Bohermeen and especially for pupils, parents and staff of St. Ultan’s National School.

It was great as a former student of St. Ultan’s to return to join Bishop of Meath Michael Smith in the official blessing and opening of a new €308,000 extension to the school.

Schools are at the centre of community life in Ireland, but especially in rural parishes like Boheermeen. They are where friendships are made and values are taught that set people up for life. That was certainly my experience of St. Ultan’s. There is a great team of staff here, both great teachers and great support staff.

Pupils have the benefit of the best people possible here in St. Ultan’s. But pupils, parents and staff deserve the best possible buildings too. That is what we are celebrating and acknowledging here today in Bohermeen. 4 years of my time in this school were spent in prefabs. They were too hot in Summer and too cold in Winter. I am glad that prefabs are on the way out, and that is my vision for all our schools.

The new extension comprises 2 mainstream classrooms, as well as a resource room and new external ramps, together with associated works. The school has received funding of €123,000 over the last 7 years under various Summer Works Schemes for works to the toilets, windows and structural improvements

The 218 pupil school has also been approved a further teaching post from September 2015 for the next school year.