Limerick school set to expand further

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A DOORADOYLE school which caters for children with sensory disabilities is set to build two new classrooms.

A DOORADOYLE school which caters for children with sensory disabilities is set to build two new classrooms.

St Gabriel’s School, Springfield Drive, is to apply for planning permission to Limerick County Council to build two classrooms.

The planning permission will include all the associated soft and hard landscaping and all ancillary works.

Acting principal Cathy Cooper said the plan has been in the pipeline for a number of years.

“It means we can accommodate our children in much better circumstances. The accommodation at the moment is not the way we would like it. It is adequate, but not what we would prefer,” she explained.

After securing funding from the Department of Education, plans are in place for St Gabriel’s to build an all-purpose multi-use hall.

“But at this stage, our most pressing need is classrooms and teaching resources,” Ms Cooper confirmed.

She added that the school has on a number of occasions sought to build, but has been unable to secure funding.

Dooradoyle-based Fianna Fail councillor James Collins backed the application.

He said: “They do Trojan work there, and there is lots going on behind the scenes. They have various fundrasiing issues throughout the year, and they have to be commended for the work done, and congratulated on their future plans.”

St Gabriel’s now have two weeks to submit final plans to Limerick County Council’s planning department.

Last month, St Gabriel’s School and Centre received a visit from President Michael D Higgins, who expressed his delight and enthusiasm for the good work the school is doing.

The school and centre rely funding for their survival, receiving very limited public funding.