Education Minister to visit Sixmilebridge School

March 16th, 2012 - Pat Breen

smb-schoolChairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade & Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today (Wednesday) that he has secured a meeting with the Education & Skills Minister Ruairi Quinn T.D. for the representatives of Sixmilebridge National School, and that the Education Minister has agreed to either visit the School shortly (Diary Permitting) or meet with a delegation from the School after the Easter Break.

“Following the publication of the Governments 5-Year School Building Programme, I was inundated with enquiries from the Sixmilebridge area in relation to the status of the School Building Project there. The Forward Planning Section of the Department had examined all areas of the country to determine where additional school provision will be required at both primary and post primary level up to 2017. This information has indicated the areas in need of additional accommodation right across and this includes Sixmilebridge National School and there is provision within the 5 year programme to accommodate projects which will be required to cater for demographic demand.”

“I held a lengthy meeting with Minister Quinn yesterday afternoon; in fact, we spoke for over three quarters of hour about the School and I made the point very strongly that given that Sixmilebridge had experienced a huge growth in population over the past number of years; that this growth in the School’s student population is now posing a lot of challenges for the teachers and children in the current accommodation at the School. 422 children are now enrolled in Sixmilebridge N.S. with a further 81 due to enrol in September 2012.”

“I have to say that Minister Quinn was very understanding of the situation in Sixmilebridge and Diary permitti