New 500 Pupil Secondary School Secured for Enfield – English

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Damien English, Local Fine Gael TD and the Minister for Housing and Urban Development, has welcomed news that Enfield in South Meath will be home to a new Second Level School for 500 pupils under Governments new plans for additional school buildings nationwide.

“Today, my colleague the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. announced plans for the establishment of new schools over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by his Department into the current and future need for primary and post-primary school places across the country. The new school for Enfield is planned to open in 2020”

Minister English paid tribute to the local community in Enfield for actively campaigning with him since his tenure as Minister of State in the Department of Education for the much-needed school for the South Meath town and surrounding areas.

Minister English stated that “In February of this year I, along with Cllr. Enda Flynn and Breda Duggan met with Minister Bruton on behalf of the Enfield Post Primary Group to present demographic figures for the catchment area which helped to prove the case for a new Second Level School in Enfield.  I would like to thank the many local campaigners for never giving up on the need for the school.  During my time at the Department of Education I ensured that the case for Enfield would be included in this review of school accommodation needs based on demographic needs. The work and dedication by the people of Enfield has helped to secure this new educational facility for the growing South Meath town”.

Cllr. Enda Flynn said of the great local news for Enfield “About ten years ago I was approached about the need to establish a Post Primary school in Enfield. This need has become more evident as the years have gone past. Many people have contributed to the campaign. Breda Duggan and Kevin Mullan have a led a dedicated group in recent years. I am delighted that the wishes of so many in this community are now being realised.

We have wonderful pre-schools and a modern Primary school in Enfield. The announcement that a new Post Primary School will now be built in Enfield will see the last piece of the jig-saw as regards educational facilities for the area.

I appreciate the work that Minister Damien English did while in the Department of Education and Skills to ensure that Enfield was included in the priority areas for the country. The 2018 Review of these areas shows that the facts prove the need for the school in Enfield. Minister English has continued to work with our local group over the past number of years and I am delighted now to be able to welcome this announcement.”

In addition to this announcement Minister English confirmed that Government will also continue to monitor areas where the accommodation of existing schools may need to be expanded in order to meet the needs of the local population. Approximately 40% of extra school places are delivered by extending existing schools.

Further to today’s announcement by the Minister for Education, Minister English has also received confirmation that the Department remains fully committed to all projects on the existing building programme and is progressing all as quickly as possible.

Minister English said “I will continue to work with my colleagues in Government to progress the new school building projects currently approved for St. Mary’s Special School, Colaiste na Mí Post Primary School (Phase ii), Lismullen National, Ard Rí Community National School, St. Ultan’s Special School & St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School. The Department of Education’s website is also being updated to ensure that the current status of existing major projects in the school building programme is set out in a more user-friendly format. The status of projects will be more regularly updated to reflect their progress as part of the €8.4 billion investment in school buildings under Project Ireland 2040.


Enfield’s case for a 2nd level school has been recognised

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Minister Damien English with Cllr. Enda Flynn and former Councillor Willie Carey in Enfield

As part of the Schools Capital Programme, I am also happy that the need for a new Secondary School for Enfield is now accepted and to be studied. This is something I have worked hard on, with the support of local Councillor Enda Flynn, and former Councillor Willie Carey.

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.

Sports Capital Grants 2015 and visit to Enfield Celtic F.C.

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Enfield F.C. visit October 2015

I was delighted to visit Enfield Celtic F.C. on Monday evening and hear their hard working Committee’s exciting plans for their recently awarded €100,000 Sports Capital Grant. Na Fianna Hurling and Football Club were also successful to the tune of €120,000. I was joined on my visit by my Dáil colleague Ray Butler T.D. and local Councillor Enda Flynn.

Other groups in Meath and Westmeah to benefit are:

Meath County Allocation €1,840,205

Ashbourne United Association Football Club Limited €30,000

Ashbourne United Association Football Club Limited €30,000
Ballinlough Gaelic Football Club €80,000
Ballivor G.F.C. €44,000
Bective GAA Club €31,000
Boyne Hockey Club €800
Castle Villa AFC €63,000
Castletown GFC €38,000
Clonard G.A.A. €123,000
Coolmine Gymnastics Club €14,000
Cortown GFC €8,000
Drumconrath GFC €31,000
Dunshaughlin Community Centre Ltd €18,000
Enfield Celtic FC €100,000
Meath Hill GFC €33,000
Na Fianna Hurling and Football Club €120,000
Navan Pitch and Putt Club €85,000
Omega Sub Aqua Club €16,000
Parkvilla Football Club €17,000
Rathkenny A.C. €18,000
Ratoath GAA Club €12,000
Ratoath Rugby Football Club €132,000
Ratoath Tennis Club Ltd €32,000
Ribbontail Paddlers Canoe Club €5,000
Skryne Gaelic Football Club €100,000
St Brigids GFC €27,000
St Mary’s GFC €123,000
St Michaels G.F.C. €62,000
St Patrick’s GAA Club €23,000
St Vincents GFC €40,405
Stackallen Lawn Tennis Pitch & Putt Club €14,000
Summerhill GFC €65,000
Trim Canoe Club €6,000
Trim GAA €65,000
Trim Tennis Club €63,000
Walterstown GFC €70,000

Regional Monies:

Meath and District League €121,643


€590,298 is being made available to clubs and local organisations around Westmeath under the Sports Capital Programme 2015, announced by Minister of State Michael Ring.

In the Meath West section of Co. Westmeath €50,000 is being awarded to Lough Lene Gaels GAA in Collinstown, and Castlepollard Hurling Club is receiving €11,298.

English launches Enfield Enterprise Town

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“Focus of Budget 2016 and future Budgets will be on calling our Diaspora home” – Minister English tells Enfield Enterprise Town event

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English told the launch of the Bank of Ireland Enfield Enterprise Town event on Friday 9th October that the focus of Budget 2016, the new Capital Investment Plan 2016-2021 and future Budgets will be on rewarding work, and calling our Diaspora back home to Ireland.

Minister English was speaking as he cut the ribbon to officially launch the Bank of Ireland Enfield Enterprise Town weekend of events, which included an exhibition of local businesses, as well as strong participation by local schools and local sporting organisations, all designed to promote a pride of place and show off Enfield’s enterprising spirit.

“Job creation is at the heart of what the Government is doing. In my own Departments – the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and the Department of Education and Skills – we have sought to strengthen the enterprise base and the skills base of companies throughout Ireland, particularly with those companies that have the potential to create new jobs and win new export markets” Minister English said.

“Ireland is once again becoming an attractive place to live and work. We hope to build on this progress and make work more rewarding through favourable taxation measures in the forthcoming Budget, and future Budgets, and begin to attract our talented Diaspora home. We are aiming to increase employment by 40,000 per annum to 2020, bringing the numbers at work to 2.1 million. We know we can achieve this if we continue to pursue sound and sustainable economic policies. We know, also, that in the so-called global “War for Talent”, we need to be proactive if we are to find the people with the right skills and knowledge to fill the jobs that will come on stream over the next 5 years” he told the gathering.

“I want to commend the Enfield community and their local Bank of Ireland on their EnfieldEnterprise Town weekend of events. It feeds into and compliments the Government’s work to spread jobs more evenly across the country through the Regional Action Plans for Jobs which seek to build on the strengths and opportunities of each region in the country. The strength and proactive spirit of the Enfield community is also reflected in its success in attaining Sports Capital Grant funding of €220,000 for Na Fianna Football and Hurling Club and Enfield Celtic FC” he concluded.

Successful Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town events have already taken place in Meath in Athboy and Kells. Other guests at the weekend of events in Enfield included Mairead McGuinness MEP, Newstalk’s Sarah Carey, GAA legends Henry Shefflin and Mickey Harte, as well as local and County footballers.

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.

Enfield’s Andrew Bushe wins Medal of Excellence at World Skills Competition in Brazil

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Andrew Bushe from Enfield

I want to congratulate local man Andrew Bushe, of Enfield, on his Medal of Execellence for Automobile Technology at the World Skills Competition in Brazil last week. He has done Enfield, Meath and Ireland proud.

Andrew Bushe was part of a wider Irish team, including David Morgan from Rathmoylan, and 12 others, who ranked 11th out of 60 countries overall. This was a great achievement. Two Irish team members won gold medals, and eight other competitors including Andrew Bushe were awarded Medals of Excellence.

It was my pleasure to see our Irish World Skills team off to Brazil, and I am so proud now to hear of Team Ireland’s brilliant results, especially Andrew at a local level. These talented young people represent the fantastic skills and talent that our Irish apprentices and trainees have to offer.  I congratulate them all, and would like to thank their trainers and mentors for their important roles in these excellent results. With an increased offering of apprenticeships announced in recent weeks, I have no doubt that future teams will build on this year’s success, and I look forward to seeing Ireland increase our national ranking when following in the footsteps of this brilliant team.

Minister English congratulates Liam Foley on Bronze Medal

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After the Gold success yesterday with Francie Power from Navan Arch Club, it is brilliant to learn this morning of the Special Olympic success of 17-year-old Liam Foley from Enfield, who took a Bronze medal in the badminton singles.

Liam and Francie are doing Meath proud, and Team Ireland are doing Ireland proud again too in Los Angeles. It warms the heart and renews all our enthusiasm for sport and participation in something greater than ourselves.

Newtown N.S. runners up at Intel Mini Scientist

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Minister Damien English with Ashley Dunne, Koby Fowler and their teacher Mary Cook-McCarthy from Newtown National School, Newtown, Enfield, Co Meath. Ashley and Koby were runners up at the Intel Mini Scientist National Final with their project “How To Fight Kids Obesity” in Trinity College Dublin.

Minister Damien English with Ashley Dunne, Koby Fowler and their teacher Mary Cook-McCarthy from Newtown National School, Newtown, Enfield, Co Meath. Ashley and Koby were runners up at the Intel Mini Scientist National Final with their project “How To Fight Kids Obesity” in Trinity College Dublin.

Newtown National School, Enfield, represented Meath at the prestigious Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition in the Science Gallery of the Naughton Institute of Trinity College Dublin.  Meath West TD and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English was on hand to preside over the Awards Ceremony and meet the pupils, teachers and parents involved.

Speaking at the event, Minister English stated: “I want to commend all of the students who took part in the Intel Mini Scientist Competition, especially Newtown National School from near Enfield  who earned the Grand Finalist runners-up position for their project ‘How to Fight Kid’s Obesity’.”

“The record breaking success of the event this year speaks for itself. International studies show that when students compete in events like this, not only does their performance in
examinations improve, but so too does their confidence in their ability to do science and the enjoyment they derive from participating.”

Minister English continued: “I would like to acknowledge the work of the teachers in Newtown National School, and nationwide. Without their voluntary contribution events like the Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition simply would not take place.  Your work in encouraging your students to participate in the first instance, listening to their ideas for projects, ensuring that they remain on track, and facilitating research, both within and outside of the school, are all key in ensuring that the projects reach completion.  Participation in events
such as this ensures that learning does not end at the classroom door.

“It makes the economically vital Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects more relevant to young peoples’ lives, and exposes them to the excitement associated with discovering new ways of thinking and learning.  In exposing students to such experiences, you embrace what is, according to Einstein, the supreme art of the teacher; to awaken
joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Concluded Minister English

The Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition is a competition for Primary school students in which they develop science related projects which are exhibited at fairs within their own schools. Winning projects selected at this school level exhibition then go on to take part in the Mini Scientist Regional Final event with the possibility of continuing on to the Grand Final event. The competition, which is open to 4th, 5th and 6th class students, supports the Primary Science curriculum, is a great way to encourage enthusiasm and practical learning in the area of science.  This year saw a record-breaking number of entries, with just over 5,500 students from 92 schools participating, making this Ireland’s largest primary school science fair programme.