Cork North West, Fine Gael TD Michael Creed has welcomed confirmation from the Department of Education, that progress is being made in tendering for a contractor to commence construction of the new Gaelscoil Uí Riordáin and that work should commence in early 2012. Commenting on the matter Deputy Creed said:

\”Confirmation that construction on the new school building for Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin will commence in early 2012, will come as welcome relief to staff, parents and pupils of the school who along with the board of management and members of the Community in Ballincollig have worked for nearly three decades to see this project come to fruition\”.

\”Gaelscoil Úi Ríordáin is a model school which has grown exponentially over the years. Given the level of growth in the pupil numbers attending the Gaelscoil the current building became insufficient to cater for the schools needs which led to the use of temporary prefabricated classroom accomadation. The situation has grown unsustainable and the news that Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin is finally to find a new home is long overdue\”.

\”I am pleased that Fine Gael in Government are in a position to push this much delayed project over the line. Bringing this project to construction phase has taken a concerted effort from the Board of Management and public representatives of all parties such as my colleague Derry Canty in Cork County Council and former Minister Batt O’Keeffe\”.

\”I will be working with the Minister for Education in the coming weeks to ensure that construction on the new Gaelscoil commences as soon as possible so as to ensure that the new facility will be available for staff and students at the earliest possible date\”.

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