Harris seeks urgent progress on construction of Greystones Community College

Wicklow Minister and Greystones resident Simon Harris, TD has reiterated his calls for urgent progress to be made on the construction of the new state of the art school for Greystones Community College

Minister Harris was represented by his team at a meeting of concerned parents in the community in relation to this and the overall issue of school places in the town and in the community this week.

Speaking after that, Minister Harris said: “We’ve been working really hard to expand school places in Greystones and indeed throughout County Wicklow.

“The stress and worry that parents have had to go through in recent weeks in relation to this has been unacceptable.

“I’m pleased to say that considerable progress has been made.”

Minister Harris added “However, it is categorically necessary and urgently required that the Greystones Community College project goes to full construction as soon as possible.

“Every effort should be put forward now to get this project in full flow in the coming weeks now.

“We have worked really hard to secure a site for this school project, and it is now essential that the Department of Education moves ahead with the awarding of the tender.

“I know from speaking with the Department of Education that they have received the tender documentation and are due to make a decision on this very shortly.

“As recently as this week I was again in touch with the Minister for Education and also very senior officials in the Department of Education to stress the absolute urgency of this.

“In addition to this school going to construction, I also believe an extension to Temple Carrig School and an extension to Coláiste Chraobh Abhann in Kilcoole would make a real and important difference.

“These projects should be pushed forward and I have told the Department of Education as much.

“I am continuing to work with parents throughout the community to make progress on this and in keeping local schools and local parents up to date on a weekly basis.

“If you are a parent who is concerned about school places in the area, please feel free contact me by email or phone.”

Minister Harris concluded:  “From my perspective, getting this school project to go to construction urgently is my number one priority.

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