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Friday, 13th April 2018

New secondary school for the Drogheda/East Meath area

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Deputy Fergus O'Dowd.

O'Dowd says 600-pupil school will open in 2019

A new 600-pupil post primary school is to be established in the Drogheda-Laytown area and it is hoped to have the new school open as soon as 2019. The new school is one of 42 new schools announced last night by the Department of education

Following a nationwide demographic report carried out by his department, Minister Richard Bruton has confirmed that a new 600 pupil post primary school will be built in the Drogheda Laytown area to address the ever increasing demographic demand.

"This is fantastic news” local TD Fergus O’Dowd said, "it is hoped the project will be completed by 2019 and will deliver a regional solution for the area.

“This decision is an endorsement of the Project 2040 announcement and Drogheda's inclusion as a vital cog earmarked for regional development in the plan.

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"Another key element of this announcement is the process that will be run to establish parental preference for the patronage of the new school.

"Minister Bruton will announce a new online patronage process this year to determine parental preferences in the area in terms of preferred patron and their preference as to whether the new school should operate through Irish or English."

"In addition the large school will also secure employment for teachers locally and create jobs in the construction sector."

"I have also been re-assured that the Department remains fully committed to all projects on the existing building programme."

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