Education Minister confirms multi-million euro investment in Limerick school

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Education Minister Norma Foley announcing details of the extension during her visit to Castletroy College last Friday

EDUCATION Minister Norma Foley has confirmed a multi-million euro investment in a 3,000 square metre extension to Castletroy College.

Along with several general classrooms and multiple ancillary spaces, the extension will include a new science laboratory and a two-classroom special education needs facility.

There will also be dedicated rooms for design and communication graphics; arts and crafts; technology and home economics.

The school, which opened in 2000, has seen a significant increase in enrolment over the past 23 years with a previous extension completed in the 2006/2007 academic year.

During a visit to the college last Friday, Minister Foley announced that the new building had been included in the Department of Education’s Schools Capital Programme.

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She said it was an extraordinary vote of confidence from the local community that students continue to come in great numbers to the school.

“They come as a reflection of the work that happens here every day. I look forward to this project moving at pace, giving greater opportunities to students who will come here in the coming years.”

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board chief executive George O’Callaghan said they were delighted to support the school in every way they could in the provision of education, including through resources and building facilities.

“The most important element of any school are the students and teachers. I congratulate the teachers of Castletroy College for the fine job that they do in terms of teaching and learning and the students for all that they do and for their commitment

“Part of our policy is to ensure that all our schools have modern Special Education Needs facilities and Special Class provision. I am delighted to be able to say that Castletroy College is also committed to that provision and to the provision of Special Class education from September 2023.

“We are delighted that our policy of inclusivity, reaching out to everybody in our care and ensuring that they get the best possible education, is happening here. I commend the school on its results but also on the care and support it gives to its students,” Mr O’Callaghan added.

The design process, led by Healy Partners Architects, started late last year and the design team are currently progressing submission of the Stage 1 Report to the Department of Education.