Local Fine Gael TD, Alan Farrell has said that, regarding the new school building for St. Oliver Plunkett’s National School, Malahide, the Department of Education and Skills (DES) has now issued a letter of intent to builders, which indicates that the project is on-track to begin construction this summer.
Farrell told the County Leader, “I am delighted with news that the DES has now issued a letter of intent to builders for the development of the new school building for St. Oliver Plunkett’s. It is great news for pupils, parents, teachers and the wider local community that the project is now on-track to begin construction this summer. We have had many false starts in the past, however, we are now in the final stages before construction begins.”
“As a past pupil of the school, I am pleased that the delivery of the new school building is now in sight. I would like to commend everyone involved with the school, the Board of Management, the Principal and teachers, and of course, the parents, who have worked so hard over the past few years to make this project a reality. With the letter of intent to builders having finally been issued, all major hurdles the project has faced in the past have been overcome. The local community in Malahide have waited too long for the delivery of this new school building. The development of the new, state of the art, school building for St. Oliver Plunkett’s is of the utmost importance to ensure our children receive their education in an environment which is conducive to their learning.”
Concerned Malahide resident, Sharon O’Leary whose children attend the school told the County Leader, “ Yes it’s great but I think the location should be somewhere else. There is not enough parking for the amount of children in the school. The idea of the new school did not seek universal agreement and as one of the biggest primary schools in the country this is a big oversight. The Gardaí and traffic warden monitor the traffic control constantly and it gets to the stage on some days people are parking recklessly.”