Thursday 12th April, 2018
Press Statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Naughton welcomes announcement of new second level School for Galway
The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, has today confirmed that the Government will provide for the construction of a new second level school in the Galway City/Oranmore Schools District. The Minister has indicated that the school will accommodate 1000 pupils. However, this is based on current projected need and will be responsive to patronage or demographic demand. This new school is scheduled to open in 2019 and the process to appoint a patron will begin this year.
“This announcement is good news for Galway parents and their children. It is also warranted investment in education that is necessary to cater for our growing population. It has long been apparent that Galway’s school-going population will soon outgrow the educational facilities available at post-primary level. Since my election I have made the Minister aware of the difficulties we faced in that regard. I am therefore particularly pleased to see provision being made for a large second level school in Galway,” the Deputy remarked.
I have been involved in the campaign for an Educate Together second level school for Galway for the past three years. We have five Educate Together Schools in Galway City and County at primary level and none at second level. Today’s announcement means that Educate Together will be able to apply for the patronage of a new school. It is an application I will strongly support,” Deputy Naughton stated.
“This Government takes its educational responsibilities seriously. We have obligations to establish the legislative and policy framework, together with sufficient resources, to fulfil the right to education for every child. Each child must therefore be provided with an available school place or learning opportunity, together with appropriately qualified teachers and adequate and appropriate resources and equipment,” the Galway West TD noted.
Since this Government came to office approximately 350 large scale projects were completed and provided of the order of 130,000 permanent school places (circa. 95,000 additional places and circa. 35,000 replacement places). In addition, over 1,900 projects were completed under the Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme which resulted in the provision of almost 60,000 school places. This year we will spend nearly €520 million on school capital projects. This is in addition to over €1.5 billion spent in the last three years. While conscious that we need to continue our efforts in this regard, I am pleased that my party has today demonstrated its continued commitment to the education of young people in Galway,” said the Galway West TD.