GALLERY:

Minister Charlie Flanagan turns the sod for new extension to Timahoe National School

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

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Laois TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, came to Timahoe last Monday February 5 for the turning of the sod for a school extension at Scoil Mhuire Fatima. 

Surrounded by happy young pupils and the staff, the Minister performed the duty which heralds the start of a new extension with two classrooms and an ASD unit.

“I am delighted to be present this morning for the turning of the sod which will kick off the building of the new school extension. This is a very important and exciting day for the school and heralds a new day for Education in the Timahoe area.”

Funding has been provided by the Department of Education and Skills to construct two additional mainstream classrooms along with two classrooms Early Intervention Unit (ASD pre-school) which will be adjacent to the school.

“Our government is proud to invest in new schools in County Laois to ensure local children will continue to thrive in a safe and healthy learning environment," the Minister said.

Minister Flanagan noted that other schools are still waiting, particularly two for children with special needs. 

“I remain acutely aware that a number of schools in Laois are in need of repair and upgrade and I will continue to work with my cabinet colleague Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills to ensure that building projects such as the new schools for St Francis School & Kolbe Special School are progressed."

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