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Lawlor welcomes patronage announcement for new school in Celbridge

28th November 2013

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has warmly welcomed the announcement this morning (Thursday) that the patrons for the new school planned for Celbridge will be a joint enterprise between Educate Together and Kildare & Wicklow Educational Training Board.

“The new school, which is planned to open before 2017, will cater for up to 1,000 students. The announcement for a new school, which was made by Minister Ruairi Quinn in 2011, was part of a plan to deal with increasing student numbers in densely populated areas. It was widely welcomed that Celbridge should be included in this plan and today’s announcement is a step in the right direction to having this school opened.

“The decision to award patronage to Educate Together and Kildare Wicklow ETB was made by an independent advisory body – the New Schools Establishment Group – which was set up in 2011. This announcement will offer parents and students a greater choice of schools in what is fast becoming a multi denominational society.

“The patronage announced today is subject to confirmation of sufficient parental support but I am hopeful that there will be no problems in this regard. It is vital that everyone now works together to ensure a speedy delivery of this building project and I will do everything I can to assist in expediting the process”.