New Monasterevin school building expected by end of 2019 after 16 years of waiting

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New Monasterevin school building expected by end of 2019 after 16 years of waiting
9:16 Thursday 17th of May 2018

The controversial new school building at St Paul's National School in Monasterevin could be delivered by the end of 2019, according to south Kildare TD Fiona O'Loughlin.

The Fianna Fáil representative said that she 'feels that the new school building for St Paul's could be delivered before the end quarter of 2019.'

The new school building was first mooted around 16 years ago and pupils and parents have been waiting for a long time for the upgrade that is badly needed. Deputy O'Loughlin has said that she expects this project to be a priority for the government.

“The school has been waiting 16 years for the new building and concerns have been made for years from the teachers, students and parents," stated Deputy O'Loughlin.

"The number of students doubled in 10 years and there are only 2 toilet cubicles for 207 boys.  Teachers have no staff room and old, damp prefabs are in use.

"I attended the last public meeting in Monasterevin to discuss the ongoing delays to the new build and I was able to provide an update from the Department while at this meeting. I have been assured that this is top priority for the Department of Education over any other building project in the country,” O’Loughlin said.

The Rathangan native said that delivering the new building would be positive news, stating that people will not believe it until they see it however.

“The Department feels they will deliver the new school before the end of quarter 3, 2019 which is positive news for all involved. Although many people feel they will not believe it until they see it, I am hopeful they will see building commence sooner rather than later”, Concluded O’Loughlin.

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