Deputy Dooley says the delay in delivering the new school building is “damaging children’s education”, and added that the government must allocate the necessary funding to ensure construction on the “much needed school project can get underway without further delay”.
Deputy Dooley commented, “The need for a new school building for the primary school in Sixmilebridge has been flagged for a long time. The population in the area has been increasing over the last decade with more and more young people needing to be accommodated at the local primary school.
“In 2011 the Department of Education and Skills acknowledged that the current primary school building is not satisfactory for covering the growing school going population. At that time the department highlighted that there were eight classes’ located in pre-fabricated buildings and the quality of these buildings was already poor. They have deteriorated further since then.
“The go ahead for the construction of a new primary school building in Sixmilebridge was given under the last government. However despite this the people of Sixmilebridge are still waiting for construction to get underway. The government has not moved to provide the necessary funding to allow the project to proceed.
“Fianna Fáil recently raised this matter in the Dáil with Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. I was disappointed when Minister O’Sullivan indicated that no further funding would be provided for the foreseeable future to progress this much needed project. The Board of Management at Sixmilebridge primary school have already acquired a green-field site and are liaising with the Planning and Building Unit of the Department of Education and Skills. What is needed now is for funding to be allocated by the government.
“It is clear that the current conditions in Sixmilebridge primary school are not satisfactory. Children’s education is continuing to suffer due to the crowded nature of the accommodation and the lack of facilities to cater for growing school numbers. The government needs to allocate the necessary funding without further delay to allow this vital school building project to proceed” said Deputy Dooley.