Galvone and Southill schools amalgamation gets go-ahead

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A NEW building to accommodate the amalgamation of Galvone National School and Southill Junior School in Kennedy Park was among the building projects announced by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn this week as part of a €2 billion five-year capital investment programme.

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275 school building projects will begin over the next three years with €470 million due to be spent on primary and post-primary infrastructure next year, with a projected expenditure on large scale projects of over €320 million.

Confirmation that the Kennedy Park project is scheduled for construction next year was welcomed by Minister of State and Limerick Labour Party TD Jan O’Sullivan who said that the new building would facilitate the amalgamation of the Galvone NS and Southill JS.
“More than that, however, it is a cornerstone of the regeneration plan and will include a pre-school and health care facilities. This new campus will be of huge benefit to the entire community,” she said.

An extension will also be built at Colaiste Iosaef Secondary School in Kilmallock next year as part of the programme.

In addition, Minister Quinn confirmed that 44 major school projects across the country have now reached substantial completion in 2013 including extensions at Ardscoil Rís and St Munchin’s College in Limerick city.

This week’s announcement is part of the Government’s plan to provide more than 100,000 permanent school places over the course of the five-year plan.

“We are facing massive increases in the number of school going children in the coming years. My primary aim is to ensure that every child growing up in Ireland can access a place in a classroom when they go to school,” Minister Quinn explained.