Possible sites to be identified for new Kildare education campus

Minister briefed on proposed Curragh land swap

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Possible sites to be identified for new Kildare education campus

Dep Martin Heydon and Cllr Mark Stafford on their visit to the Curragh Post Primary School

The Department of Defence is to investigate possible locations for a proposed new education campus
at the Curragh.

The three Kildare South TDs met with Minister Paul Kehoe last Wednesday to see if the three schools could be moved from the Curragh Camp, with the buildings being handed back to the Department of Defence — in exchange for a green field site outside the military base.

Dep Martin Heydon said the meeting went well.

“It was very constructive. We discussed the facilities at the three schools in the Curragh and the need for new school buildings,” he said.

He said senior officials in the Department will now go and identify the best possible site for an education campus. Dep Heydon said the next step would see the officials return to the three principals with the options.

“Then we will go to the Department of Education in the near future and see what they can do,” he said.

He said he will be looking to meet the Department of Education to discuss the options.

Dep Heydon was joined by Dep Fiona O'Loughlin and Ceann Comhairle, Sean O Fearghail at last week’s meeting.

All three TDs had previously visited the Curragh Post Primary, the Curragh Girls National School and the Boys National School.

Speaking after his initial visit, Dep Heydon said: “The Curragh Post primary ETB school, the boys national school and the girls national school all have dedicated principals, great staff and pupils and are providing strong education in sub-standard accommodation.”

Deputy Heydon described leaking roofs and plumbing issues in the secondary school.

“I have a vision for a new education campus on the Curragh to incorporate both primary and post primary buildings on a green field site which would provide the improved facilities which are needed,” he said.

Dep Heydon said he was keen to see progress and would continue to liaise with all the parties involved.