Minister to further review demand for New School in South Kildare

Martin Heydon Fine Gael TD for Kildare South this week welcomed confirmation from Minister Jan O’Sullivan of a number of school extensions in Kildare South as part of the School Building Programme announced today.  The school building projects are included in a list of 310 individual major school building projects which will proceed to construction between 2016 and 2021.

“The projects listed today include CPC Kilcullen, Patrician Boys Primary School, Newbridge and Athy Community College at post primary level as well as St Conleth & Marys and St Conleths Infant Schools Newbridge, Scoil Nhicil Naofa Athy and Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha, Kildare town at primary level.  Building projects at St Annes Special School Newbridge and St Marks Special School, Ballymany have also been approved.

“I raised the provision of Secondary School places recently in the Dail.  The availability of school places at secondary level have been a cause of concern for parents in the Newbridge, and Kilcullen areas for some time and the situation is getting worse as enrolment numbers continue to increase.

“My Kildare South Oireachtas colleagues and I also met with Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan in early October to discuss future capacity requirements at primary and secondary school level in South Kildare.  We highlighted the significant pressures that we as public representatives were seeing every day from parents struggling to find second level places of their choice for their children in South Kildare.

“The need for a new school in South Kildare was also discussed with the Minister who met a delegation from the Campaign Group for a new Educate Together Secondary School this week.  The Minister has  confirmed that South Kildare is included in a small list of areas where additional provision of a new school may be required and so which will be kept under ongoing review which is positive.

“The provision of second level ASD units in South Kildare is also a cause of concern with none in the Newbridge area and shortage of spaces in others.  It is expected that these building projects will include provision for ASD units.

“The inclusions of St Conleth and Mary’s Primary School and St Conleths Infants School, Newbridge, Co. Kildare is long waited as these primary schools on a shared campus are using a number of very old pre-fabs which are in bad repair.”

The full list of school building projects approved for Kildare is below:

Kildare 16706G St Joseph’s BNS, Kilcock Primary 2016
Kildare 18288B Scoil Mhichil Naofa, Athy Primary 2016
Kildare 19796C St Patrick’s BNS, Clane Primary 2016
Kildare 20428D Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha, Kildare Town Primary 2016
Kildare 61720D St Pauls’ Secondary School, Monasterevin Post Primary 2016
Kildare 15769C 16707I Scoil Eimhinn Naofa & St Peter’s NS, Monasterevin Primary 2017
Kildare 17341U Maynooth BNS Primary 2017
Kildare 17872F St Conleth’s/ St Mary’s, Newbridge Primary 2017
Kildare 17873H St Conleth’s Infant school Primary 2017
Kildare 19277B St Anne’s Special Sch, Ballymany Cross, Curragh Special School 2017
Kildare 76194S Naas Community College  Post Primary 2017
Kildare 17254C St. Corban’s NS, Naas Primary 2018
Kildare 18988G St Raphael’s Special School Special School 2018
Kildare 19455W St. Mark’s Special School, Newbridge Special School 2018
Kildare 20292E Maynooth ETNS Primary 2018
Kildare 61690W Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen Post Primary 2018
Kildare 70650L Athy Community College Post Primary 2018
Kildare 70720G St Farnan’s Post Primary, Prosperous Post Primary 2018
Kildare 13902O Hewetson NS Primary 2019-2021
Kildare 61681V Patrician Post Primary, Newbridge Post Primary 2019-2021
Kildare 61730I St. Mary’s Girls Post Primary, Naas Post Primary 2019-2021