Limerick School Funding – a large number of Limerick schools will benefit from National Development Plan funding, including Limerick Educate Together Secondary School, whose new Castletroy campus is pictured above.
Limerick to benefit from €4.4 billion school infrastructure funding
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Rachel Petticrew
Schools across Limerick city and county will benefit from infrastructure investments as part of the National Development Plan 2021-2030.
Minister for Education Norma Foley welcomed the €4.4 billion capital funding, which will be used to build new schools and enhance existing facilities between 2021 and 2025.
Four Limerick schools will receive new premises as part of the national cash injection. These are Monaleen National School, Castletroy, Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh on Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick Educate Together Secondary School (currently housed in the former Salesian Secondary School building) on the North Circular Road, and Mungret Community College.
Nine primary schools across the county will receive extensions as part of the development plan. Presentation Primary School on Sexton Street, St. Patricks Boys & Girls Schools on the Dublin Road, Ballysteen National School, Askeaton, Our Lady’s Abbey School, Adare, Killoughteen National School, Newcastle West, Mahoonagh National School, Castlemahon, Ballylanders National School and Galbally National School will all be expanded, with some projects already in the finalisation or early construction stages of development.
Of the educational funding pledged as part of the National Development Plan, Ms Foley said, “These announcements are further evidence of our strong commitment to investment in our school infrastructure right across Ireland.
A video message from Minister @NormaFoleyTD1 welcoming the five year investment of €4.4 billion in school infrastructure under Project Ireland 2040 #Ireland2040 pic.twitter.com/fXdTJIWrlC
— Department of Education (@Education_Ire) October 4, 2021
“We are creating modern, welcoming environments in which children can comfortably and safely learn and discover, with facilities that meet their needs and support their futures.”
The National Development Plan aims to deliver 150-200 school building projects annually, providing additional capacity and modernising existing school facilities.
The plan also aims to cater for the requirements of students with special educational needs at post-primary level.
Minister of State for Special Education, Josephina Madigan, stressed the importance of this focus.
“By investing in our school buildings, we can ensure that facilities for children with special educational needs are available in greater numbers of communities across the country,” said Ms Madigan.
“The National Development Plan investment will support building projects that truly meet our student’s needs and enable modern, inclusive environments in our schools so that children and young people with special educational needs can participate fully.”
An interactive online map of National Development Plan building projects has been created as part of Project Ireland 2040. The project is a long-term government plan for developing physical infrastructure, community and business in Ireland.
To view the interactive project map, go HERE
To view the National Development Plan in full, go HERE