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Parents councils of Coláiste Chú Chulainn and Coláiste Lú welcome Minister’s commitment to complete school in ‘shortest time frame possible’

Parents councils of Coláiste Chú Chulainn and Coláiste Lú welcome Minister’s commitment to complete school in ‘shortest time frame possible’

The parents councils of Coláiste Chú Chulainn and Coláiste Lú have welcomed the commitment from Minister for Education Richard Bruton yesterday that their new school building at the Marshes will be completed “in the shortest time frame possible.”

Responding to queries about the school’s status from local TDs Peter Fitzpatrick and Fergus O’Dowd, the Education Minister said the unforeseen circumstances of a High Court challenge from Bishop’s Court residents had led to the project being delayed. However, Minister Bruton assured interested parties that both his department and Louth County Council would do all they could to ensure the two second level schools were in their new premises by this September.

They said: “”We as parents are delighted with this news and now feel cautiously hopeful that come September students and staff can begin the academic year without the fear of disruption to studies, especially those entering the senior cycle and the junior certs who would have faced disruption to studies during term time, having to move midyear, in this a very critical and stressful time in their education.

“The news is also welcomed by parents of incoming students who had voiced their concerns about the move from primary to secondary school and felt this was an extra challenge for these young people as they try to make this massive transition.

“We are happy that the additional capital costs that would be required for the existing temporary school buildings to cater for the 2018-19 school intake, will now not need to be spent, (The schools are not at full student numbers yet and are still expanding). These costs were required even if there was one weeks delay as student’s need to be properly accommodated from day one of school term. These potential additional costs have obviously been considered with this news of an Accelerated Completion date.

“We would like to thank our local TD’s and councillors, who have been supporting us and realise the importance of the opening of this fine new campus.”

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