North West schools benefit from £220m new build investment

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Three schools on the outskirts of Derry are among 22 schools across the north to get new builds, the education Minster announced today.

John O’Dowd this morning revealed a proposal to provide a new-build solution to service the needs of three schools, Craigback, Mullabuoy and Listress Primary Schools, on the outskirts of Derry.

Gaelscoil Ui Dhochartaigh in Strabane, and Strabane Academy are also among the 20 plus schools to benefit from the £220million investment.

“Today I am announcing a further 22 projects to be advanced in planning representing a substantial potential investment of some £220million,” Mr O’Dowd says.

“The projects, 14 of which are primary school projects and eight are post-primary, have been considered within the context of the area planning work being undertaken and form part of the long-term provision within their respective areas.

“The projects are aimed at either addressing serious or substandard accommodation inadequacies, or at effecting agreed rationalisation of the schools estate. Six of the projects will see permanent new-build solutions for Integrated and Irish-medium schools currently located almost exclusively in temporary accommodation. Fourteen of the projects, meanwhile, are required to deal with previous or planned amalgamations or rationalisation within the estate.”

Rev Robert Herron, Chairperson of the WELB, said: “The WELB is delighted with the announcements and we will work with the Department of Education (DE) and the respective Board of Governors, to ensure the new builds are provided as soon as possible.