Green light for new secondary school in Portlaoise - Flanagan

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Green light for new secondary school in Portlaoise - Flanagan
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Green Light for new Secondary School in Portlaoise - FLANAGAN

Laois TD and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has confirmed that following a meeting yesterday (26th April) with Minister for Education Ms Jan O’Sullivan TD, approval has been given for the construction of a fourth secondary school in Portlaoise.

Speaking after the announcement, Minister Flanagan stated:

“I can confirm that approval is in place for a new 1,000 place secondary school in Portlaoise. The development of a fourth secondary school marks unprecedented progress in the education sector in Portlaoise.”

“There has been a rapid population increase in County Laois and construction of a fourth secondary school in Portlaoise will ensure that there are sufficient school places available for pupils in the Portlaoise area. It is expected that the new school will be open in September 2017”

“Governance of the school has yet to be decided. Interested parties are invited to make submissions to the Department of Education for consideration. Closing date for submissions will be early June 2016”

Minister Flanagan concluded.

“While this is a good news story, I am acutely aware that a number of schools in Laois are in need of repair and upgrade and I will continue to work with the Department of Education to ensure that these are addressed”