Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee has welcomed news from her colleague Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh that a new 16 classroom primary school building will be built in Ashbourne.
The new school will be ready for students in September 2019. Minister McEntee said that this news will give parents in the area certainty that additional spaces will be available for their children come September.
“Ashbourne is now the second largest town in County Meath and has a young, growing and vibrant population. This is very welcome news and will be a huge relief to many parents of young children in the Ashbourne area who have expressed their concerns to me about not being able to place their children in a local school for the next academic year.
“I want to particularly thank the principals of the five current primary schools in Ashbourne who myself and my colleagues have been engaging and working with.
“We have worked together with Minister McHugh and his officials with a common purpose that has helped to secure today’s announcement for Ashbourne.
“I am pleased therefore that having looked at all of the evidence and the arguments put forward, that Minister McHugh has approved this new school building.
“The new school will consist of 16 classrooms and will come under the patronage of Louth and Meath ETB. I am informed that the recruitment for a principal for the new school will begin immediately.
“The Department of Education and Skills has already commenced much of the practical work to allow for the new building to be ready for September 2019. The location of the new school will be on the Department owned land adjacent to the existing school campus in Ashbourne.
“I look forward to the new school opening in Ashbourne this September that will add to the community and spirit of this growing and vibrant town.”