A total of 14 Kildare schools will either get new schools or extensions between now and 2015 following an announcement on Monday morning by Minister for Education Ruari Quinn of a €1.5 billion national investment.
The new schools will include St. David’s National School at Piper’s Hill, Naas; Maynooth Post Primary; a new Post Primary in Naas; Scoil Naomh Padraig primary school, Celbridge; Celbridge Post Primary; St. Paul’s post primary, Monasterevin.
There will be extensions at St Joseph’s BNS, Kilcock, St Patrick’s BNS, Clane, Scoil Naisiunta Bhride, Prosperous Rd, Clane, North Kildare Educate Together NS, Celbridge, St Conleth’s Vocational School, Station Rd, Newbridge, St Anne’s Special Sch, Ballymany Cross, St Brigid’s NS, Kilcullen, Rathangan Boys’ national school and Scoil Mhichil Naofa, Athy.
The completion date for most of the schools is 2015, with some 2016 or 2013.
The announcement was the Department of Education’s five year school building programme.
The news has been welcomed by Government-party TDs.
Deputy Martin Heydon, who is a member of the working group to secure a new school for St. Paul’s in Monasterevin noted that his “colleagues and I have made continuous representations to Minister Quinn on the real need for a new school for St. Paul’s.
“These projects will not only have a huge impact on the teachers, pupils and local communities across Kildare that benefit from new and improved school facilities, they will also give a significant boost in terms of job creation,” Deputy Bernard Durkan noted.