There are plans in the pipeline for another Carrigtwohill Secondary School to undergo a major expansion project.
Fianna Fáil TD for Cork East James O’Connor has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Education that St Aloysius College could be set to expand.
“The potential for an additional nine classrooms, three science laboratories, a technology room, two SEN rooms and additional teaching facilities will create much-needed school capacity in what is already one of the fastest-growing regions in our county,” he said.
Mr O’Connor met with Minister for Education Norma Foley to discuss the serious challenges facing families trying to secure school places in East Cork.
It was revealed in recent weeks that the separate Carrigtwohill Community College development, promised in 2012, will not go to tender until 2021.
Mr O'Connor said that Minister Foley is acutely aware of this issue and has committed to advancing secondary school projects in the area.
The Department of Education is understood to be working with Le Chéile Schools Trust to advance these plans and if a successful service level agreement is achieved, the project can advance to the design stage.
Mr O’Connor stated: “we cannot afford any mistakes by the Department of Education.
“The people of Carrigtwohill and East Cork have suffered enough due to planning delays in connection with the new three school complex in the village.
“St Aloysius is a fantastic school with a great legacy. This project will mark the start of an exciting new chapter for staff and pupils at the school and I wish them every success”.