overnment abandon South Tipperary Schools Population - McGrath
South Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath has stated that the Minister for Education's announcement yesterday in relation to 275 major schools project is not news as many of the projects have already been given the go ahead and has said that he is utterly disappointed that major Tipperary schools projects that have been waiting in line for years have been ignored.
“The works for Scoil Ruain, Killenaule and Scoil Mhuire Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry were given the go ahead last year and while I welcome that funding that has been approved for Comeragh College, Carrick on Suir and an extension for Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire Primary School in Cahir, I am extremely disappointed that the amalgamation of this girls School with the Cahir Boys School did not progress any further. It is also very disappointing that projects such as Gaelscoil Cluain Meala have not been given the go ahead to progress with works and it seems that they will not now get the go ahead until at least 2016” Said McGrath
'We made huge efforts over the last few years to acquire a site for Gaelscoil Cluain Meala and it is most disappointing that they have not been given the go ahead. The Gaelscoil site which has now been paid for with well over 12 months was acquired subject to Planning and it appears that the Department of Education have made no effort to even go to pre planning stage. Speed is of the essence with this project and they simply can not wait until 2016 to progress to planning stage' said McGrath
'The amalgamation of the boys and girls schools in Cahir is in urgent need of progression and it has been completely ignored while works at the Abbey School in Tipperary have also been ignored. South Tipperary gained very little in yesterdays announcement and it is a shame that so many vital projects have been excluded.' concluded McGrath