Fine Gael TD for Longford Westmeath Peter Burke has this week confirmed that events are progressing in relation to the relocation of  Curraghmore NS on the Ardmore Road. Burke, who has pushed the project since his first election to Westmeath County Council in 2009, says he continues to liaise with the Department of Education and Westmeath County Council on the new build and highlights the huge investment in education in recent times.

“When it is completed, Curraghmore NS will be a top class facility for all students and staff. I have been in touch with Minister Richard Bruton again this week in relation to the school, and I understand that the design team is currently preparing tender documents with a view to going to the market at the end of the first quarter of this year. Additional resources have been assigned to the project to accelerate certain issues.

“A review of the design was carried out and improvements incorporated into plans which I believe will add significant value.  There was a stated aim to have the project completed in time for September 2018 and I have been working hard to ensure extra funding is being provided to reach this target. I have had confirmation that resources have be provided for this.

“I continue to liaise with both the Minister and Westmeath County Council and the school on a regular basis to avoid undue delays and to ensure that the school is 100% prepared for all the  students who will attend in September 12 months.

“The Action Plan for Education was launched earlier in the month with key targets for our education system. This is along with the 860 new SNAs added to the system last year. Teacher numbers have also increased by 3.5% this year due to the creation of 2,400 more posts, which is a significant number.

“The aim of all these measures is to make Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe within a decade. This is a tall aim, but there is significant investment being given by the Minister and Fine Gael so that this ambitious target can be achieved.”