Independent TD Thomas Pringle has welcomed the government’s confirmation of delivery of the 58 school building projects nationwide that had recently been halted.
Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí in Donegal town is one of 16 school building projects in the county that had their funding stalled last month.
“I want to pay tribute to the Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí community for their strong campaign and for making their voices heard in support of their school,” Deputy Pringle said.
“They were expecting to see builders on site when they received word that the project was to be stalled indefinitely.”
Deputy Pringle said it’s important now that these projects proceed straight away, so that they do not have to be retendered.
“The contractor should have been on site at the Gaelscoil weeks ago,” he added.
Minister for Education, Norma Foley, confirmed earlier today an agreement had been secured to guarantee and support the roll-out and continuation of the Department’s school building programme. The Department of Education will update each of the 58 schools affected by the pause in relation to the next steps in the delivery of their projects.
“This is good news for the Gaelscoil and all of the 58 schools affected. Now we must ensure that the work proceeds quickly,” Deputy Pringle said.
The Killybegs-based TD had raised the issue in the Dáil, saying it had taken the Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistrí a long time to get on the building list in the first place.
After finally getting on the list in 2016, he said, nothing had been built seven years later.