- Will end uncertainty facing locals there
- 30-month timeframe outlined
Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has welcomed confirmation by the Minister for Education Norma Foley that work on the long-awaited amalgamation of secondary schools in Ennistymon is expected to commence by the second quarter of the year.
In response to a parliamentary question tabled by Deputy Crowe, the Minister has confirmed that the project is at an advanced stage of the tendering process and a preferred bidder has been identified.
“This is very welcome news for parents, pupils and teachers alike in Ennistymon and the surrounding communities,” said Deputy Crowe.
“Last September, we heard the welcome news that the amalgamation had moved to tender stage, the last key stage before construction, but no timeline had been given.
“I’ve now been assured by Minister Foley that, subject to no issues arising during the balancing of the tender process, work should be able to commence in the second quarter of the year.
“This project has an estimated timeframe of 30 months to completion meaning, all going well, the amalgamated school should be completed by December 2023.
“At long last, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’m continuing to liaise with Minister Foley on this and am working closely with my colleague, Councillor Shane Talty, to see it over the line.
“I look forward to visiting the site this summer when hopefully our restrictions have lifted and work can commence in earnest.”
Cllr Talty added “This is a project that has been bedevilled by delays and false dawns for over 30 years and it’s wonderful for the community to see that construction can shortly finally commence and it’s nearing delivery.”