Local TD and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said it’s a great day for education in Dublin West with the announcement that three schools will get brand new premises thanks to Government funding, while a new primary and secondary school are also being planned.
“St Mochta’s Clonsilla & the senior and junior schools at St Patrick’s Corduff will be totally rebuilt in state-of-the-art modern buildings with construction starting next year. Planning permission has already been secured.
“Construction will also start on permanent buildings for Pelletstown Educate Together National School in Ashtown. This school currently operates from temporary premises and was only established earlier this year.
“Future provision is also being made for an additional new secondary school for the Castleknock/Carpenterstown area for 1,000 students, and a second primary school for the Pelletstown/Ashtown area. While the demand for these new schools is only emerging, it’s important to plan ahead and allow sites to be identified and plans developed.
“There has been an enormous investment in new schools, and extensions to existing schools, in the Dublin 15 and Dublin 7 areas in the last few years. Massive housing development occurred during the boom years but the last Government of Fianna Fail, the Greens & Independents left Dublin West behind when it came to new school buildings.
“That’s why the current Government invested in new and extended schools at: Mary Mother of Hope (Littlepace), Scoil Bhride Boys and Girls (Blanchardstown), Mulhuddart National School, Luttrellstown Community College, Castleknock Community College, Scoil Choilm, Hansfield Educate Together, Powerstown Educate Together, Gaelscoil an Chuailinn.
“We are only able to make this increased investment in our future because the economy is now recovering. We need a strong economy to produce the resources we need to invest in education, health and infrastructure. In the next five years, we can do this and more but only if we keep the economy strong and protect it from those who would undermine it.”