Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle says the sod turning today on the site of two new school buildings in Bray is great news for parents, children and teachers.
“The school building project, which begins today, will provide a new home for secondary school Coláiste Raithín and St. Philomena’s Primary School. Both schools have been waiting for over 15 years to move into the new school buildings and this move is as a result of the commitment of parents, principals and patrons of the two schools.
“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, today announced the signing of the contracts for the commencement of building works on the site, as part of the Government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme.
“The contract which has been signed with the Inspiredspaces consortium, includes designing, building, and financing the project. It will also provide for the day-to-day caretaking, maintenance and cleaning of the school, leaving the management and staff of the school with more time to concentrate on their core educational activities.
“The new school buildings will be completed within 70 weeks and Coláiste Raithín and St. Philomena’s Primary School can then move to this new dedicated campus in Bray. It was an honour to have the opportunity to turn the sod of this beautiful site today on the old Bray golf course.
“This is great news for Bray and the students of these schools will benefit from the opportunity to learn in modern educational facilities, built to a very high standard.
“Fine Gael in Government is determined to use the fruits of our recovering economy to ensure a just and fair society for all. Only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to create a fairer society. We are committed to investing in education, as a key way to grow our society and economy together. No child should be left behind in the economic recovery and we should use our strengthening economy to become a leader in the provision of world-class education and skills. Investing in education ensures that all our people have opportunities to achieve their potential, as well as generating wider benefits for our economy.”