Schools building for the future

Moville Community College is set for expansion.

Moville Community College is set for expansion.

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The Department of Education and Skills and Donegal Education and Training Board has been urged to ensure a design team is put in place “as soon as possible” for Moville Community College’s new build after it was included in the announcement of the School Buildings Project 2016-2021.

The college, along with Scoil Iosagain and the new Buncrana School Campus were included in the capital project. The work on Moville school will begin in early 2017, as will Scoil Iosagain while the campus is intended for construction by 2021.

Moville Community College has been earmarked for a 10 million euro investment, which will include 14 general classrooms, two new Science labs, a new Home Economics Room, Art/Craft Room, Construction Studies Room, Technology Room and a new Gym/Sportshall with integrated fitness suite. Also included is a Canteen/dining area and Food Preparation area. Outdoor facilities will include four hard court play areas. On completion of the project the existing temporary prefabs will be removed.

Welcoming the announcement, Councillor Martin Farren said he hoped the Department and the ETB will now ensure a design team is put in place as soon as possible and the project will be put to tender and work commenced by early 2017, as scheduled.

He said he was “delighted” to hear the news the school was included for the project, which was delivered to him personally by the Minister by telephone on Monday night. Colr Farren said it “truly a team effort” and paid tribute to the school’s principal Eamon Ryan, former principal Anthony Doogan, the Board of Management and Parents’’ Association for all their hard work.

Also welcoming the announcement was Minister Joe McHugh, who said he had visited most of these schools and “have witnessed first-hand just how much this funding is needed.”

However, Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn said six more years is too long to wait for Buncrana’s three-school campus, which is scheduled for construction between 2019 and 2021. He said: “This is simply unacceptable. The buildings housing these three schools are just not fit for purpose. This decision needs to be reversed and I will be demanding that the Minister urgently reviews this decision and timescale.”