Updated: 13/04/18 : 04:36:47
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Sligo scores zero on new schools shortlist

NO NEW schools are planned for Sligo up to 2022, when Minister for Education Richard Bruton announces forty projects today, Friday.

Only one new school seems certain west of the Shannon, to cater for Galway city and Oranmore.

Priority List

The priority list of sites has been drawn up by the Department of Education.

The new schools will have places for 20,000 students — in 26 new primary schools and 16 secondary outlets.

Today’s announcement will be for forty news schools over the next four years, The Irish Times says today. It also reports that some 575 applications for major refurbishments from schools have been put on hold

Commuter Belt

Most of the new projects will be in Dublin and its commuter belt hinterland, with four also in Cork.

The new schools will be paid for and owned by the State, with some planned to open from next year.

Sites have not yet been selected, however, in some instances in the new plan.

More Places

The new schools, along with extensions to existing schools, said the Minister, would serve to meet education needs over the next four years across the country.

“We are now creating more school places than at any other period in the history of the State,” Mr Bruton insists.

“In 2010, some 9,000 school places were created. In 2017, we built approximately 18,800,” he added.