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16/10/2021

Kildare TD voicing disappointment on lack of progress getting new site for Curragh Post Primary School

Kildare TD voicing disappointment on lack of progress getting new site for Curragh Post Primary School

Delays with getting site for Curragh Post Primary School

A  Co Kildare TD is voicing  disappointment  on the lack of progress that has been made in relation to securing a site for the new Curragh second level school.

 Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin said:"Late last year the Minister announced the very welcoming news that a new 1,000 pupil school would be built to take in the current Curragh Post Primary school and allow discussions to commence with Educate Together for an amalgamation”.

She said:“Since this announcement it seems that there has been no progress since then. I recently questioned the Minister in relation to the timeline on securing a site, timeline for the construction and timeline for opening the new building. We are six months on from the announcement and the Minister has not given any indication that a site has been secured nor can he give a solid timeline”.

Deputy O'Loughlin said: “I also requested information regarding meetings that have taken place between the Department of Education and Defence to discuss possible site locations that the Department of Defence could provide and an update on the level of engagement between KWETB and Educate Together in relation to a collaborative partnership for the new school going forward”.

She said:“Kildare South has one of the fastest growing regions in the country, between 2011 and 2016 the population of the area grew at 143% of the State’s growth rate so delays will only hinder future migration to the area”.

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