Official Opening of New School in Leopardstown
I was delighted to today officially open the new Holy Trinity National School building. This is a great day for the Leopardstown area and I would like to congratulate the Board of Management, staff, pupils and especially the parents, past and present, on all of their hard work in securing the funding and managing the development of the new school building.
Holy Trinity is this year celebrating its tenth anniversary and the growth and development of the school since its foundation are a testament to the commitment of all those involved.
This is one of eight* major educational investments advanced in Dublin South since our Government took office in 2011.
These developments form part of the Government’s €2.2 billion, five-year school building investment programme which aims to create 100,000 permanent school places.
The new building for Holy Trinity is a further sign of the extraordinary progress we have made both locally and nationally through our school building and investment programme. As a Government Minister and a local TD, I am immensely proud of the substantial educational investment we are making. It is creating real educational opportunities for this generation of children in our community, and the next.
70 schools projects are scheduled for construction this year and this investment will support approximately 3,500 direct jobs and more than 700 indirect jobs in 2015 alone.
Labour is delivering on its key commitment to prioritise new schools and major extensions, so we can meet the accommodation requirements of our growing school-going population.
Since the formation of this Government in March 2011, and as part of the school building and investment programme, the following eight developments have been announced in the constituency of Dublin South:
Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh (Irish medium post-primary school), Rathfarnham, was opened in 2014, following the purchase and development of Loreto Abbey by the Department of Education and Skills
- Holy Trinity National School’s new building, was opened on 26 March 2015 by Minister Alex White
- Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua’s new 16-classroom facility in Ballyogan has been completed and will open this summer
- As part of the Prefab Replacement Initiative, development is underway on the building of new classrooms to replace prefab facilities at Divine Word National School. Work is expected to be completed this summer
- Ballinteer Educate Together National School will have a new building constructed on the site of St. Tiernan’s Community School, expected to be completed in 2016
- Stepaside Educate Together National School are due to move to a new permanent school building, expected to be completed by 2016
- Educate Together has been appointed as the patron of a new Secondary School in Stepaside, expected to open in 2016
- The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, recently announced a new primary school for the Goatstown/Stillorgan area to be established by September 2016.