€18 million investment to provide 1,000 school places in Offaly
The Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton, is set to announce an €18 million investment in Offaly schools later today, Friday, May 4.
Minister Bruton will make the announcement in Tullamore in a move that will result in 1,000 new and replacement school places being available in Offaly in the coming years.
The Minister will officially open a new 675 pupil school at Tullamore College and a new 13 mainstream classroom and two special classroom extension at Scoil Mhuire, Tullamore on Friday.
During his trip, the Minister will visit the new, recently secured site for Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, which is located adjacent to Dunnes Stores in the town.
The acquisition of this new site will accelerate the provision of a new school for Oaklands Community College, which will cater for 850 pupils on completion.
The Minister will also open an extension at Coolanarney National School, Tullamore which provides for a mainstream classroom and a special education teaching (SET) room.
These developments bring the total capital spend on school buildings in the Offaly region to €76m in the last seven years.
Opening the new schools, Minister Bruton said, “I’m delighted to be here today, with my colleague Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy to mark what is a very significant investment by this government in local schools - €18m which will deliver over 1,000 new and replacement school places for Tullamore and Edenderry."
“We are now creating more school places than at any other period in the history of the State. In 2010, some 9,000 school places were created. In 2017, we built approximately 18,800 new and replacement places," he concluded.
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