Work about to get underway on long-awaited home for Cork Educate Together school 

Work about to get underway on long-awaited home for Cork Educate Together school 

Planning permission had been secured in 2018, following a long battle to secure a building for the multi-denominational school, which was the first of its kind outside the Dublin area.

THE principal of Rochestown Educate Together NS announced that the school will finally have a permanent home following years of campaigning from staff and parents.

Planning permission had been secured in 2018, following a long battle to secure a building for the multi-denominational school.

The school had previously been located at Garryduff Sports Centre and Douglas Hall AFC.

An Bord Pleanála had previously rejected several appeals in relation to the decision of Cork County Council to approve the development of the building at Carr’s Hill on the Carrigaline Rd at Maryborough.

Principal of the school, Alan Sheehan said they are delighted to finally have a permanent base.

"Everyone at Rochestown Educate Together NS is absolutely delighted with the news that a contractor has been appointed and that construction on our 24 classroom school will commence imminently," he said.

"This brings to a close eight years of advocacy by successive Boards of Management, staff, parents and pupils to ensure that our rapidly growing school has enough space to cater for demand. We have grown in that time from 20 pupils to over 450, which indicates the need for our school in the area as well as demonstrating the excellent reputation that our school has developed since we opened."

He extended his gratitude to the community for their support over the years.

"I would like to thank the Taoiseach, Ministers Coveney and McGrath, and Deputy Ó Laoghaoire for their support for our school, and also recognise the help that former TDs Jerry Buttimer and Ciarán Lynch offered our school in its initial stages. I would also like to acknowledge Councillors Desmond, Forde and McGrath who have given our school assistance with this project over the years. Lastly, I would like to thank our wonderful school community - pupils, parents and staff - for their perseverance over the years. We look forward to the next chapter of our growing school's story when our permanent building is completed."

Meanwhile, Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath TD has welcomed news that Rochestown Educate Together National School will finally have a permanent base Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath said that construction on the building is set to start soon.

"I would like to pay tribute to the principal of the school Alan Sheehan as well as the staff and parents who have been campaigning since the start to make this a reality," he said. 

"I know that it will come too late for some pupils who have already gone through the school and those set to finish up.

"However, it is the start of a new chapter that everyone is very excited about. This school deserves the best of facilities and I look forward to seeing construction get underway on the project as soon as possible."

He acknowledged that setbacks have affected developments connected to the project in recent years.

"This has been a long and difficult journey with many challenges in identifying a suitable site. There have been setbacks along the way and it has taken longer than anyone realised but this is great news that is really welcome welcomes by everyone in the school community. We are really looking forward to seeing how the school progresses in the near future."

He described how the future of schools like Rochestown Educate Together NS looks bright.

"Education will do well under the new National Development Plan which I will be bringing forward in September," he said. "This will set out the amount of investment that we will be making in our public capital programme for 2030. It will allow Minister Norma Foley and her officials to plan an ambitious programme of school building projects over the years.

"This will be a multi-billion euro capital investment plan for education, the details of which we will be publishing in September. I received the agreement from government earlier this week for the overall financial envelope and we are looking forward to completing the plan."

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