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Funding Available For Major Schools Project In Swords

Reilly schoolsPictured at the site of the proposed new schools at Mooretown in words are Cllr Tom O'Leary, Senator Dr James Reilly and Bob Dowling (Fine Gael Local Area Representative)

Local senator, Dr James Reilly (FG) has confirmed to the County Leader that funding has been approved for the delivery of two primary school and a secondary school at the Mooretown development off the Rathbeale Road in Swords.

Reilly told the County Leader, “The really good news is that contracts are to be signed imminently to allow the land to come into the Council’s possession to move on to the next stage to provide educational facilities, namely a secondary school and two primary schools at Mooretown, thus creating an education campus there.

This gives a clear message that we, as a Government want to invest in our young people. This is a really badly needed facility and it will give our young people the best possible start in life.

Senator Reilly confirmed that he had face to face meetings with Minister for Education, Richard Bruton on this subject and other various schools issues across the North County that he intends to pursue vigorously.

“There is some excellent progress being made with Balrothery getting the necessary support and facilities that they need. Funding has been agreed on many projects, but we need to pursue these,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael Local Area representative for Swords / Donabate, Bob Dowling told the County Leader, “While the development here at Mooretown is very welcome, with plenty of houses under construction, the concern is the provision and the numbers going forward. I would like to think that the Department of Education will review the forward planning section, because figures outside the census are not projecting the growth in areas like this here. So we need a very thorough review, short term provisional measures and also long term measures to make sure there is adequate accommodation for these people before the houses are built. Housing should be commensurate with required structures to provide a viable lifestyle and a proper community,” he said.