St. Brigid’s College build remains paused until funding becomes available, says Givan

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The St. Brigid's College redevelopment project remains paused but will be further considered should additional funding become available, the Education Minister Paul Givan has said.

The Carnhill school was among 28 shortlisted to advance to planning for redevelopment under a £794m investment allocation in the schools estate announced by the former Education Minister Michelle McIlveen in 2022.

However, it was paused last year due to funding constraints.

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Sinn Féin MLA Ciara Ferguson asked the new Minister of Education, Mr. Givan, for an update on the new school build through an Assembly Question.

St. Brigid's College.St. Brigid's College.
St. Brigid's College.

"St. Brigid’s College was announced under the Major Capital Works Programme in March 2022. All projects which featured in this announcement were subsequently paused in April 2023 due to the current capital budget position.

“In my Statement to the Assembly on 12 February I advised that seven of the twenty-eight projects announced in March 2022 would be restarted and would progress in planning. St Brigid’s College was not one of the seven projects and thus this project remains paused at this time,” the minister said.

Mr. Givan said the St. Brigid’s College redevelopment will be reviewed.

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He added that once further funding becomes available progress on the development of the school build will be considered.

“For the twenty-one remaining projects on the March 2022 announced list I have confirmed that all of these projects will be kept under review and should additional capital funding be made available progression of these projects will be further considered,” the Education Minister stated.