Work to start on Mary Mother of Hope improvements in 2013 – Varadkar

Go-ahead is fantastic news for school & community


Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport and local TD Leo Varadkar is delighted to welcome news that work is likely to start on a major building project for Mary Mother of Hope Senior National School next year.


Minister Varadkar said a new school extension and improvement works on the main school building have been given formal approval by the Department of Education & Science.


“This is fantastic news for the school and the community. It means that work can start next year on building a new school extension with six new classrooms, new toilets and changing facilities. Improvement works will also be carried out on the main school building. We’re also making good progress on plans for a new all-weather pitch next to the school,” Minister Varadkar said.


“The Department of Education & Science has also agreed to look at replacing school fencing and sound-proofing the main school hall,” he added.


Work is set to start next year on the following projects:


• Building the three-storey extension, incorporating six Special Educational Needs (SEN) rooms, toilets and shower facilities, to be attached to the main building;
• Provision of new ceilings in each classroom of the main building;
• Sound-proofing the main school building;
• Developing play facilities next to the school including an All-Weather pitch, which will be managed by Castaheany Community Centre.


The Department of Education & Science has approved the all-weather pitch and play facilities and provide initial funding, on the basis that Fingal County Council agrees to fund the additional costs involved. Minister Varadkar has been liaising with the council on this matter and agreement has been reached in principle.


Minister Varadkar urged all parties involved to move swiftly to the tender stage to ensure that work can start within the necessary timeframe, in order to secure the funding.


Date: 12. 10. 2012