Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today officially opened two new school projects in Dungarvan and Waterford City.
This morning she opened the newly refurbished Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyside, Dungarvan and in the afternoon the Minister attended the opening of the refurbished Newtown Junior Quaker national school.
Speaking in Waterford Minister O’Sullivan said, “It is a real honour to be in Waterford today to see these great projects which will make a real difference to students and staff and the wider community. Both the Scoil Mhuire and the Quaker National school projects are part of €2bn investment in our school infrastructure that is currently underway. I’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the school management, staff and parents who played a major role in securing this investment.”
“Even in the harshest of economic times this Government has invested significantly in school building. However, more needs to be done. In Waterford today I also met staff and management of schools who are campaigning for enhanced facilities in their school. I have strongly argued that as our economy improves we need to secure a dividend for education. Investment in education is good for our economy, good for society and most importantly good for the next generation of Irish citizens. We are finally seeing a real improvement in the Irish economy – growth is strong, consumer confidence is recovering and most importantly employment is growing. We are on the right track and I want to secure additional investment in education as our public finances improve.”