EDUCATION Minister Jan O’Sullivan has confirmed that two new secondary schools will be built in Limerick – one in Raheen/Mungret, the other in Castletroy/Monaleen.
And there will be major investments at 11 existing city schools, as part of a national €2.8bn six-year national investment plan announced by the Labour Limerick City TD. The news comes as a boost to the local economy, with Ms O’Sullivan stating that each of the investment projects will account for more than €1m in spend.
The confirmation that a secondary school will be built to serve Raheen/Mungretwill be a relief to parents in the suburb, with the population extending rapidly in recent years. The minister told the Chronicle that the new school will be built at the former Mungret College site, acquired by the council last year.
Castletroy has also seen substantial growth in its population and the new school there will ease the burden on Castletroy College, itself only built in 2000.
Ms O’Sullivan hailed the building scheme as “great news for Limerick”.
She confirmed: “Due to the growing young population in Limerick two new schools will be established over the life-time of this six-year plan. Investing in education is one of the most important decisions we can take. We have a growing school population and we need to plan now so that these young people can learn and grow in good quality schools. That is why I am delivering a transparent six-year-building programme, and I am very pleased to announce these important projects for Limerick.”
Five post-primary schools in the city are included in the programme of works. There will be a new building for Gaelcholaiste Luimni, which opened in 2006, on its existing Clare Street site.
Elsewhere, Crescent College Comprehensive will enjoy a refurbishment, while Ard Scoil Mhuire in Corbally is to be extended. Laurel Hill Secondary School at the South Circular Road is to be refurbished, and Sexton Street CBS will also be extended and refurbished.
St Vincent’s special needs school in Lisnagry is to get a new building on a greenfield site. Monaleen National School is to be extended and refurbished, while Scoil Phoil Naofa in Dooradoyle will also see similar works.
The Model School in O’Connell Avenue will also have an extension and refurbishment, while Gaelscoil Sheoirse Clancy at the Roxborough Road and St Mary’s National School in the Island Road are also on list released by the Minister.
Ms O’Sullivan said the new Mungret school would open in 2017, with the Castletroy/Monaleen facility opening in 2018, initially in temporary premises at a location which has yet to be decided. e