An obstacle has been cleared for the amalgamation of the boys and girls national schools in Kanturk, Co Cork.
The Office of Public Works is currently finalising the release of tenders for the building of a new school to accommodate all the pupils.
Cllr Gerard Murphy got confirmation of the move following correspondence he sought from Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, who represents the constituency, and from Education Minister Richard Bruton.
Cllr Murphy said that the original plans to build a new school to accommodate both sets of pupils were put on hold after An Bord Pleanála upheld an objection relating to access issues at the proposed site for the school.
“In the meantime Cork County Council undertook negotiations with landowners in the area to secure proper access and I’m glad to say that these negotiations have been successfully completed,” said Cllr Murphy.
“I would like to congratulate Richard Keating, who is head of the county council’s estate and property section, and his team for the hard work they put in to bring the situation to a positive conclusion.”
Mr Bruton said the Department of Education had tasked the OPW to oversee the project.
In a letter to Cllr Murphy he stated that “the OPW are currently finalising tender documents and as soon as these are finalised the project will be allowed to go to tender”.
The minister didn’t give a timeframe for the completion of the project.
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