Senator James Reilly has welcomed the confirmation from the principal of St Molaga’s School, that the Department of Education and Skills have been in contact with the school, to arrange a meeting in the Tullamore Office to discuss the needs and plans for a new school at St Molaga’s.
“This is long overdue and the proposal for a new school building here has my support,” said Senator Reilly.
“I visited the school along with local Cllr Tom O’Leary before Christmas and I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and ethos of this school, where conditions are not ideal for students and staff in an old outdated building structure.
“However they are producing excellent results and they have my support for a new school structure at this excellent central location in Balbriggan near the town and beside Bremore Castle, playing fields of O’Dwyer’s GAA, local soccer clubs and other amenities.
“I look forward to working with the school committees, parents’ committee, the school patron and the school principal to progress this long overdue project and deliver a new school at St Molaga’s in Balbriggan.”
“I understand an application has been submitted for two new temporary classrooms in the meantime, which is welcome until the new school is constructed.
Meanwhile, a response from Minister Bruton’s office stated: “We have been in contact with the school with a view to arranging a meeting to discuss the proposed major capital project.
“A number of dates have been proposed, but final arrangements have not as of yet been confirmed. It is looking like late January or early February to accommodate availability of all parties concerned. In relation to the application for temporary accommodation, I can confirm that we received an application for temporary accommodation from St Molaga’s on 29th November 2017.
“This application is under consideration at present. A decision will issue to the school authority once a decision has been reached. ”