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February 08, 2008

New Maynooth Primary Will Not Adversely Affect Boys' NS

Emmett StaggOn foot of the news of the New Primary School for Maynooth, Deputy Emmet Stagg sought assurances from the Minister for Education that the New School would not affect the agreement to provide an Extension to St. Mary`s Boy`s National School in Maynooth.

 Deputy Stagg stated that Maynooth Boy`s N.S. had 440 pupils at present with 17 classrooms and that an extension comprising 8 additional classrooms had been agreed between the school and the Department to relieve overcrowding.

The Minister has advised Deputy Stagg that ‘The proposal to open a further primary school in Maynooth will not affect the planned expansion of this existing school (Maynooth B.N.S.) to a 24 classroom school'.

Welcoming this assurance from the Minister Deputy Stagg stated that the parents of pupils attending Maynooth B.N.S. will be relieved at the Ministers commitment.

Whilst Capital Funding was not provided by the Minister for the Extension in her initial announcement of the School Building Programme on Friday 1st February Deputy Stagg stated that a further tranche of projects will be given the go-ahead after Easter and he vowed to keep the pressure on the Minister to sanction capital for the extension to St. Mary`s Boy`s National School.