Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has confirmed that a new school building for Scoil Chríost Rí, Cloughleigh Ennis is one major step closer this week, as the project is proceeding to tender stage.
“Scoil Chríost Rí, along with the CBS in Ennis, is part of the DES Rapid School Building Group Scheme, and as such is to be fast tracked for funding for an essential new school building. The Cloughleigh school was granted planning permission last August, however the building process was delayed as the CBS was not granted planning permission at the same time,” said Minister Breen.
“However after discussions with the Department of Education it was decided this week to allow Scoil Christ Rí to proceed to tender on its own,” he said.
“It is hoped that the builders will be on site in Cloughleigh later in the year to demolish 1,600 square metres of the existing school buildings and begin constructing the new primary school.
“The school’s new extension will be the only part of the old school maintained and a two storey school building, with 12 classrooms, will be constructed on to that,” said the Fine Gael minister of state.
“A general purpose hall, support teaching spaces and ancillary accommodation, will also be constructed. The school grounds will also be improved and will include cycle storage, bin stores, ball courts, project gardens, external storage buildings, landscaping and boundary treatment and all other associated site development works. The works to the remainder of the site will consist of the provision of 32 car parking spaces, and drop-off and pick-up facilities at Scoil Chriost Rí Cloughleigh Road,” added Minister Breen.
“I am satisfied that this project is now progressing as the current school environment is wholly unsuitable for both the students and staff. I understand also the frustration of the CBS school which is also part of the DES Rapid School Building Group Scheme and the five year School Buildings Programme, but remains at planning stage.
“Once the planning process has been completed and any issues addressed, I look forward to this Ennis school also moving rapidly to the next stage of construction,” said the minister.