Limerick school aims for move to former ESB site

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

GAELSCOIL Sairseal is seeking to move into the old ESB retail shop building at Howley’s Quay, the Limerick Leader can reveal.

GAELSCOIL Sairseal is seeking to move into the old ESB retail shop building at Howley’s Quay, the Limerick Leader can reveal.

The chairman of the board of management at the Bridge Street school, Fr Michael Wall, revealed they had received permission to launch a feasibility study into relocating the school there.

The move could happen as early as next year, he said, with the school’s intake of 250 students outgrowing its current site.

The former ESB building had been closed for approximately five years following the electrical body’s decision to quit the retail market.

If the school was to move in, the building would need to be refitted.

But following a meeting between department officials and the board of management last Friday, an agreement was reached to explore alternative locations.

“The department gave us permission to begin the business of looking for an alternative building, and particularly to start a feasibility study on one particular building, the old ESB offices. We are in the process of doing this,” Fr Wall confirmed.

He said if the school - and the 250 students - did move across the city,it would give the area a new lease of life.

He added: “We should be in a different place by this time next year. We will leave no stone unturned to get to a new, more suitable place for our students and staff.”

The school re-opened on Friday, following a meeting between the school and the fire service this week.

“We are opening as normal in the building we are in, we have to make some adjustments to satisfy the requirements of the fire officer. But in the near future, we are actively looking for better premises,” Fr Wall added.

The school’s problems have been well documented in the past, with Jan O’Sullivan raising the matter in the Dail, while staff at the school taught classes outside to highlight this.