New school building for St Oliver Plunkett's Malahide

28 November 2013

Brendan Ryan, Labour Party TD for Dublin Fingal, has welcomed the news from the Department of Education that St Oliver Plunkett primary school in Malahide will get new school building with work beginning in 2014.

Ryan “This is great news for the school. I have worked with and supported the Board of Management and Parents in their great efforts to get new school buildings. St Oliver Plunkett like many schools suffering the legacy of poor investment by previous Governments in school infrastructure has had to cope with prefabs for many years. This investment will ensure the school as suitable, permanent buildings. I commend the hard work, determination and focus of the Board of Management, teachers and parents for pursuing with such diligence the need for permanent building. I was delighted to be able to support the school in making representations to the Minister for Education and I look forward to the work beginning next year.”


Notes for Editors:

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D., has today announced the 70 school projects which are scheduled for construction in 2014.

A €2 billion five-year capital investment programme, launched by Minister Quinn in March 2012, gave details of 275 new major school building projects to begin over the period 2012-2016.

The projects being announced today are part of the five year plan.

Some €470 million will be spent on primary and post-primary infrastructure next year, with a projected expenditure on large scale projects of over €320 million.

The 70 major projects scheduled to proceed to construction in 2014 comprise:

  • 22 new schools at primary level

  • 12 extensions at primary level

  • 12 new schools at second-level

  • 20 extensions at second-level

  • 3 new special schools and 1 major special school extension

These school projects will deliver over 27,500 permanent school places and of these over 21,000 are additional places. The remainder will be the replacement of temporary or unsatisfactory accommodation.

Together with the school projects already announced in July last under the “Jobs and Investment” package and other ongoing projects from 2013, this means that a total of 168 major school projects will be on site next year, on top of the 44 major school projects which have now reached substantial completion in 2013.

Alongside the permanent school places that are being built, this significant investment will support 3,200 direct jobs and 640 indirect jobs in 2014. This is a welcome boost not only to the construction industry but to the communities where building will take place.

As 2014 progresses, projects scheduled to begin building in 2015/16 will be assessed to see if they are ready to go to construction earlier than planned, and if there is financial scope to do so.