Work to begin on St Patrick's Special School this year

Published 18/06/2016 | 00:00

Junior Defence Minister Paul Kehoe
Junior Defence Minister Paul Kehoe

IT IS hoped that work will finally begin on building a brand new St Patrick’s Special School on a greenfield site at Drumgoold later this year.

Minister Paul Kehoe confirmed that the project for the school is in an advanced stage of architectural planning and is scheduled to start construction this year.

‘St Patrick’s Special School in Enniscorthy has 128 students and is currently operating on two sites in prefabs,’ he said. ‘I would expect that this project will commence as part of the 2012/16 five-year construction programme as originally planned. Planning permission has been secured.’

School principal Lee Rogers was delighted, but said he will be even happier when bulldozers are on site. He paid tribute to the planning and design team from the Department of Education, local TDs, and all who worked on the project.

‘It’s badly needed,’ he said, explaining that they teach their pupils in the 1968 school at Boreen Hill, which has eight portacabins on site, and the old Garda barracks, which has six portacabins.

Parents having been hoping for a new school for St Patrick’s for over a decade..

‘It can’t come quickly enough,’ said Lee. ‘It will be a dream come true.’

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