Students and Staff of St Finnachtas National School, Sixmilebridge are one step closer to a new school building – Minister Pat Breen.

October 13th, 2016 - Pat Breen

The students and staff of St Finnachtas National School, Sixmilebridge are one step closer to a new school building this week, as the Department of Education has given the green light for the plans to go to tender.

That is according to Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen who was informed by the department that the long awaited new school will now progress to the next stage.

“This is a significant development in the construction of the new school. The detailed design for the new state of the art building has been approved by the Department of Education which means the project can now progress to tender stage, and a builder can then be appointed to begin work on the new two storey building,” said Minister Breen.

“I am delighted that the construction of the school is now in sight. For too long the students and teachers were expected to work in crowded, cramped and uncomfortable conditions as the current building, which was constructed in 1934, is no longer adequate to cater for the growing school population,” said the Fine Gael TD.

“The new two storey building will be more than twice the size of the current school – made up of 24 classrooms, a special needs unit, general purpose rooms, resources rooms and administration areas. There will also be plenty of room for the students to play outside and three ball courts are included in the plans. A total of 46 car parking spaces are also to be provided,” he added.

“I was happy to support this school project and work to ensure it continued to progress, but credit must go to the board of management, parents, teachers and pupils who campaigned for years to bring the School Building Project to this stage,” said Minister Breen.

“I’m sure the new building will make school life a more pleasant experience for everyone, and open up new opportunities to the students and staff.”

The school was granted planning permission by Clare County Council last year.