EDUCATION Minister Jan O’Sullivan has said that the official opening of a new vehicular access road to St Nessan’s Community College is a metaphor for all involved in delivery of education in Ireland today.
Speaking on Friday, February 6 as the new vehicular and pedestrian entrance at the north eastern boundary to Saint Nessan’s Community College, the Minister said that anything that can be done should be done to facilitate education.
“St Nessan’s will next year join ranks with Salesian’s Secondary School to become Thomond Community College and create an inspiring educational entity that will bring the very best of both schools together.
“The opening of this new road will enhance access to the very best that education can offer. I see this new road as a metaphor for what we are all tasked with doing in relation to education, making it as accessible as possible and encouraging young people to embrace it. At a practical level the road will ensure that more young people, from Moyross right out to Meelick and Parteen, have enhanced access to this excellent facility,” added Minister O’Sullivan.
Funding for the new road, which the Moyross Residents’ Forum has campaigned for, came from the Regeneration budget for Limerick City.
St Nessan’s and the nearby Limerick Institute of Technology was also acknowledged for facilitating plans at the launch by Brian Geaney, senior officer at Limerick City and County Council.
“Connectivity to education is key for building a sustainable and bright future for any urban or rural area and that’s what this new access road is about,” he said.
St Nessan’s Community College principal Eugene O’Brien commented: “This is a very positive day for our school, its students and would be-students nearby and out to the likes of Parteen and Meelick. There has been a lot of demand for this new access road and it will certainly open the school up to a wider area.
“This is all the more positive in the context of our amalgamation with the Salesian’s Secondary School and the efforts that are going into making this new school one of Limerick’s finest centres of second level education.”