Green Light for New Primary School in Carrigaline
The winning Contractor, Tyrone based Westernbuild, has built over 20 new schools in Ireland over the past 4 years. It has also won the €9m contract to build 3 new schools in Cork this year.
After a long campaign, enduring cramped temporary buildings, everybody at Carrigaline Educate Together National School were delighted to spot diggers on the 3.5 acre Kilnagleary site where their new 16 class primary school will be built.
On 10 December 2012, the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D., announced that among the 50 school projects which are scheduled for construction in 2013, was a new school building for the Carrigaline Education Together National School (CETNS).
Minister Quinn said, “These major school projects are great news for communities the length and breadth of the country. Alongside the 25,000 school places that are being built, this significant investment will lead to the creation of some 3,400 direct jobs and 680 indirect jobs. This is a welcome boost not only to the construction industry but to the communities where building will take place.”
Minister Quinn continued, “We are facing massive increases in our school going population in the coming years…enrolment in primary schools is expected to grow by over 45,000. We have to ensure that every child growing up in Ireland can access a place in a classroom when they go to school.”
It’s been a long journey. After an inspiring campaign by parents seeking a multi-denominational school for their primary school aged children, CETNS opened it’s doors in 2008 – 20 children, 2 teachers, operating out of a portacabin in the grounds of the local soccer club. In 2009 – the school’s enrolment grew to 54 pupils and so relocated to a vacant crèche site in Heron’s Wood. In 2011 – the school had to add a second site at Portgate, Ringaskiddy to house it’s 150 pupils. Today – CETNS has 195 students in 6 classes, 2 Junior Infant classes plus a 6 pupil ASD unit. CETNS is a popular choice for parents and is projected to grow to 375 pupils by 2015.
The pupils and teachers at CETNS are looking forward to moving out of their current cramped and overflowing school buildings. The purpose built new school, will be a two-storey building, containing 16 classrooms with space for outside play & sports facilities.