New Kildare secondary school announcement to be delayed due to structural safety assessments

South Kildare Educate Together has been campaigning for a new secondary school for years

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New Kildare secondary school announcement to be delayed due to structural safety assessments

A new school is on the cards for south Kildare. File picture.

The announcement of a new secondary school to cater for Newbridge and towns to the south of the county has been delayed as the Department of Education and Training investigates building safety issues at 42 schools across the country.

Kildare South Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin confirmed that she met the Minister for Education Joe McHugh and a number of Department officials in Tullamore earlier this week.

Following the meeting, Deputy O’Loughlin, who is chair of the Oireachtas Education and Skills committee said: “Due to the Department officials concentration on the safety issues for the impacted 42 schools nationwide, the expected announcement on a new second level school for Kildare South has been delayed by a few weeks. The Department had previously committed to making a decision by October so I wanted to make sure the second level school was still on the Minister and officials radar for decision.”

It is hoped that the decision will be made by the middle of November.

The South Kildare Educate Together group has been lobbying the government for a number of years for a second-level school, under their patronage, in the south of the county. The Educate Together body was awarded the running of four new secondary schools, in Galway, Wicklow, Dublin and Meath, last week.