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Is your area getting a new school? Here's the full list

The government has announced hundreds of new school building projects.

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DETAILS OF BUILDING projects at hundreds of schools across the country – including the construction of 14 new ones – have been revealed by government.

The €2.8 billion investment will be made under the coalition’s capital plan announced in September, due to run from 2016 to 2021 if re-elected.

The projects will deliver an extra 62,000 school places, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said, adding that it is aimed at ensuring Ireland’s school infrastructure can cope with a growing population.

“The plan will also eliminate the need for any school to use pre-fabs as a long-term accommodation solution,” she said.

The 14 new schools are in areas with “very strong demographic demand”.

Primary schools

  • Pelletstown, Dublin 7 (also known as Scribblestown or Ashtown), 16 classes, opening in 2017
  • Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, 16 classes, opening in 2017
  • Ballincollig, Co Cork, 8 classes, opening in 2017 
  • Dublin South City Centre (Regional solution), 24 classes, opening in 2018

Secondary schools

  • Lucan, Co Dublin, 1,000 pupils, opening in 2017
  • Carpenterstown & Castleknock, Dublin 15 (Regional solution), 1000 pupils, opening in 2017
  • Limerick City & Environs (South-West), 600 pupils, opening in 2017
  • Malahide & Portmarnock, Co. Dublin (Regional solution), 1000 pupils, opening in 2017
  • Portlaoise, Co Laois, 1,000 pupils, opening in 2017
  • Swords, Co Dublin, 1,000 pupils, opening in 2017
  • Limerick City & Environs (East ), 600 pupils, opening 2018
  • Dublin South City Centre (Regional solution), 1,000 pupils, opening in 2018
  • Firhouse, Dublin 24, 1,000 pupils, opening in 2018 

Post-primary schools that may be necessary in future

  • South Kildare; Enfield (Kilcock feeder area)
  • Galway City
  • North-West Dublin City
  • Dublin 13 & Dublin 17 area
  • Kinnegad (Killucan feeder area)
  • Mallow and Fermoy areas in County Cork

While welcoming the projects, Educate Together said they were “extremely disappointed that Kildare South has not been granted a new second-level school school”.

“Extensions have been granted for existing second-level schools, but this policy of extensions over new builds is not the answer. Extensions neither provide for choice nor diversity in provision,” said Jennifer Buttner, chair of the campaign for schools in this area.

The Department of Education also released details of where 260 new school building projects are taking place, in addition to 50 already announced as part of a previous plan.

Read: ‘People will make their own choice’ – Taoiseach says spending promises are not electioneering >

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