Minister visits new Limerick schools projects at ‘exciting time’

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Limerick ETSS students, parents and stakeholders with the Minister for Education Picture: Michael Cowhey

Limerick ETSS students, parents and stakeholders with the Minister for Education Picture: Michael Cowhey

THE MINISTER for Education visited some of Limerick’s educational projects when he visited the city last Friday.

Minister Joe McHugh visited the sites of several new school campuses which are currently underway in Limerick city and its environs.

It is an “exciting time” for education in Limerick, the Minister said.

“I’m seeing the same thing from all the different stakeholders (in Limerick), whether they are third level or second level or people involved with education in general.” 

“There is a major focus on the regional approach here, a major focus on collaboration and an ambition to tackle the many, many challenges we have.” 

“That level of enthusiasm is very evident here.” 

Last Friday, Minister McHugh visited the permanent site of Limerick Educate Together Secondary School (Limerick ETSS). 

The school, which secured the 12-acre site last September, is currently in temporary accommodation in Fernbank on the North Circular Road. 

The Minister then visited the site of a new school campus for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, located on Clare Street. 

He was welcomed to the site by chair of the school’s Board of Management Senator Maria Byrne, the chief executive of the school’s patron Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board George O’Callaghan, and Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh principal Donncha Ó Treasaigh. 

While in Limerick, Minister McHugh also visited the brownfield site of the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) new engineering-focused higher education Coonagh campus. The campus will welcome its first students this autumn.