Kildare South TD and Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, Martin Heydon, has welcomed confirmation that Coill Dubh National School will receive funding for 2 new mainstream classrooms and the refurbishment of 2 current mainstream classrooms to accommodate 2 ASD classes, as sanctioned by the NCSE.

“This is very welcome news for Principal Joe Leacy, his staff and  pupils in Coill Dubh. Joe has fought for some time for special classes at the school and this increased provision will mean that local children  who require additional support can access that locally and not have to travel to bigger towns” Deputy Heydon said.

“There is great community spirits in Coill Dubh and I’m delighted to see such a significant investment by Government in the future of that community.
“This local investment is part of the Additional Accommodation Scheme through the Department of Education and Skills. The purpose of the scheme is to ensure that essential classroom accommodation is available to cater for pupils enrolled each year and where the need cannot be met by the school’s existing accommodation.

“The Action Plan for Education, which aims to make the Irish education and training service the best in Europe within a decade, puts a big priority on investment in school educational infrastructure. This week’s announcement by Education Minister Richard Bruton confirms the Government’s continuing prioritisation of capital funding for schools here in Kildare which will enhance the learning and working environment for pupils and teachers.”