Buncrana councillor Rena Donaghey has confirmed a new primary school is set to be constructed on the grounds of Scoil Íosagáin in the town.
Speaking yesterday with the ‘Journal’ the Fianna Fail councillor said there has been significant progress on plans for a new state of the art primary school there.
She said: “ Earlier this week the Department of Education began inviting tenders for the design of a new two storey school building on the same site where the school is now operating.”
Colr. Donaghey said she welcomed the progress saying that in early January 2011 she coordinated a meeting bringing a delegation from Scoil Íosagáin including the parish priest, Fr. John Walsh to meet with the then Tánaiste, Mary Coughlin, who was Minister of Education and Skills at the time.
She said yesterday: “We presented a very strong case in favour of a new school premises for Scoil Íosagáin.
“ On 24 January 2011 Mary Coughlin confirmed the need for a new primary school for Buncrana and sanctioned to progress to Archictural Planning for major capital works.
“The existing premises are totally inadequate to meet the needs of the current population of 700 pupils, staff of almost 70 teachers and special needs assistants .
The Fianna Fail councillor said Scoil Íosagáin was the first mainstream primary school in Ireland to open a class for pupils with severe and profound general learning disability in 1997.
She explained: “This vision was driven by Ms. Sinead McLaughlin who is the principal in the school for many years.
“The school also offers special classes, serving the entire Inishowen Peninsula if anywhere deserves a new school it’s this one nd I look forward to it progressing to the next stage.”
She concluded: “ The proposed new building will enhance teaching and learning and will be indeed a great boost for students, teachers, management, parents and the community generally.
“ It will also provide much needed work and boost the economy here.”
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