More than 10,000 primary school places are to be delivered nationwide with the construction of 37 new school buildings, it was confirmed today.
Facilities will also be modernised and extended at a further 17 schools across the country, benefiting almost 6,000 young students.
Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin, said that projects are already in design and well positioned to proceed to tender and construction over the next 12 to 15 months.
They will cater for increased enrolments in fast developing areas such as around north Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Galway city, she said.
“These projects will deliver over 10,000 permanent school places in new primary schools and also modernise and extend facilities at existing primary schools to cater for over 5,900 pupils,” continued Minister Hanafin.
“The increasing use of generic repeat design schools means that many of these schools are likely to commence construction in 2007.”
The minister added that she hoped to make a similar announcement for post-primary schools moving to tender and construction in January.