Mayor of North Tipperary Michéal Lowry has today welcomed the announcement that St. Michael’s National School, Holycross has been approved under the 2011 Additional Accommodation Scheme for a new 80 square meter, mainstream classroom.
The decision to grant funding for the permanent structure on the site has been heralded as a hugely welcome step and a much needed addition to the school. Mayor Lowry stated;
“I am delighted that this project has been given the green light.
“The application had the support of Deputy Michael Lowry and was progressed and advanced to priority status.
“The new classroom will be of huge benefit as the school as it continues to grow and expand. The allocation of funding to St. Michael’s N.S is recognition from the Department of the hard work and commitment of the Principal and staff to education provision within the county.”
Mayor Lowry added;
“I believe that the schools foresight in seeking funding to construct a child care facility on the school grounds added extra weight to their case.
“The newly completed Gort na nOg Childcare facility should provide a steady stream of pupils to the mainstream school.
“The Childcare facility which opens this week has a capacity to cater for up to 60 kids and is a top class resource with almost one million euro in funding having been secured toward the project.”
“I want to commend everyone involved in the school, the principal, board of management, and staff for their determination and continued efforts.”
Deputy Noel Coonan has also warmly welcomed the allocation and says that it follows strong lobbying by the local Fine Gael TD to the current Minister for Education & Skills and also to the previous Education Minister.
“I am pleased to see this project come to fruition under a Fine Gael-led Government as it has been in the pipeline for many years.
“Only last month I made representations on behalf of St Michael’s NS prior to the Dáil recess asking the position regarding their application for building works and I have been continuously lobbying the Department for the progression of this project along with many other projects throughout North Tipperary and South Offaly,” said Deputy Coonan.
“I’m sure last week’s allocation of an additional classroom comes as a great relief to the staff, parents and pupils of St. Michael’s as it has been a pressing issue for a number of years.
“It will undoubtedly alleviate over crowding and create a more productive learning environment and it is very welcome news for all those affected,” concluded Deputy Coonan.