After 24 years the Department of Education has approved the tendering process for Gaelscoil Chluain Meala with a target date for the commencement of construction of the second quarter of 2019, Independent Deputy Seamus Healy can confirm.
Tenders will issue in the next few weeks for the completion of a panel of suitably qualified builders to carry out the work.
On the completion of this list, tender documents for the construction of the school will issue to the qualified contractors.
Assessment of tenders will follow with a target date for commencement of construction at the second quarter of 2019.
The construction work involves, what is effectively a new school at the rear, in the Old County Council Machinery yard and the refurbishment of the existing building.
The school which opened its doors in September 1994 has gone from strength to strength buts its accommodation is substandard, overcrowded and not fit for purpose.
“This is a very welcome development and great credit is due to the whole school community at Gaelscoil Chluain Meala, parents, pupils, teachers and Board of Management. Mar a deireann an seanfhocal, 'Ní neart go cur le chéile,” said Deputy Seamus Healy.