Government abandons two Donegal School Projects – Ó Domhnaill

Donegal South West Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has received confirmation from the Department of Education that the New Primary Schools planned for Gortahork National School and St Mary’s National School in Stranorlar have been dropped by the Government and will now not progress to the next stages of development until 2017. This represents a major blow to the pupils, parents, teachers and Board’s of Management at both Schools.

“The Minister for Education has confirmed in a written reply that the Scoil Náisiúnta Gort a Choirce New School Building Project will not proceed at this time or under the Departments recently announced five year programme.  This is a devastating blow for Gort a Choirce given that the Board of Management has engaged in so much work and had taken the project to Planning Stage. The Minister has totally refused to accept common sense proposals from the School Board of Management and this is very disappointing.”

“The new School Project for St. Mary’s National School in Stranorlar had been progressing very well with the previous Government approving the project and allowing the commencement of Architectural Planning and Site Acquisition. The Planning application is currently before Donegal County Council for consideration. Minister Quinn has now however dealt a devastating blow to the project by confirming this week that “in light of current competing demands on the Department’s Capital budget, it is not possible at this time to progress the project to tender and construction”. This means that the Tender & Construction of the project will now not occur until at least 2017. This is unacceptable.”

“The total lack of commitment to both these project by the Minister, particularly in light of the work which has been done to date by Staff and each Board of Management is unfair and wrong.”

“I will be seeking to raise both these projects on the Seanad Adjournment debate next week and will be seeking firm commitments from the Government so that both these projects can be placed on the new 5 Year Programme given that so much time, energy and funding has been spent on bringing each respective project to its current position.”

Posted: Mar 23, 2012     |     Categories: Uncategorized