Plans for new St Paul's school

Monasterevin has been waiting 16 years for a new secondary school

Paula Campbell

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Plans lodged for new St Paul's school

John Whelan, Noel Merrick, Minister Joan Burton TD with Brian Bergin Principal and Tom Ryan, pictured in November 2015

A planning application has been lodged for a new post primary school in Monasterevin to accommodate 850 pupils to replace Saint Paul’s Secondary School.

The application was lodged for the new secondary school on November 4 last by the Minister of Education and Skills at Moore Abbey in Monasterevin.

The school has been waiting for new premises for the past 16 years.

One recent planning hold up was over access to a waste water pipe for the new school. The pipe, is owned by the National Roads Authority, and runs through the site of the new school and is connected to the local waste water treatment plant.

The cost of a new pipe was estimated last year at €1 million which the Department of Education could not sanction.

However last month Kildare County Council met with the council, together with a representative from the National Roads Design Office, the Board of Management and Monasterevin Parish. The council agreed to make technical staff available for the purpose of examining any council-related technical issues which needed to be resolved.

The plans for the proposed new school include 31 classrooms, 18 specialist class rooms as part of a special educational needs unit, a library and a general purpose dining, social area for students.

It also has provision for staff and administration areas, multi-use hall and fitness area, store areas, toilets, and all ancillary areas.

The school building will be two storeys, with a playing pitch, 94 car parking spaces and set down areas.

The drainage works will include new surface water drainage from the school to the river Barrow and a new electrical substation.