Up to 20,000 Additional & Replacement School Places this year – Minister Bruton

Minister Bruton visits Le Chéile Secondary School, Tyrrelstown in recognition of the over €400m spent by the Government on state school building projects this year.

6th October 2017 - Richard Bruton TD

The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today visits the new school building for Le Chéile Secondary School. The school’s new modern, state of the art facilities will provide for 1,000 new school places at a cost of €20m.


This new school building for Le Chéile Secondary School was delivered under the Department’s School Construction Programme. Through the Government’s school capital investment programme the Government are committed to investing hundreds of millions to deliver new schools and school extensions across the country.


Minister Bruton said:

“I am delighted to join Principal Aine Moran, her staff and pupils in Le Chéile Secondary School today. Through the Action Plan for Education, which aims to make the Irish education and training service the best in Europe within a decade, we are investing hundreds of millions every year under our school capital investment programme to provide new schools and extensions to benefit thousands of students across the country.


  • Over €330m in 2017 is being invested in state of the art new buildings and large scale extensions
  • €75m spent on devolved additional accommodation building projects each year- extensions etc.
  • Up to 7 additional new schools being opened every year
  • Major new school buildings and extensions providing up to 20,000 additional and replacement places each year.


In the period 2011 to 2016, 294 major projects (new schools and large scale extensions) have been completed, providing for over 103,000 pupils of which over 76,000 places are extra places.


Today is a great day for the whole school community. Students in Tyrrelstown will now greatly benefit from these new state of the art facilities.”


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