£4million boost for two south Armagh schools

August 10, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

The announcement that two local primary schools have been awarded combined funding of almost £4million for new school buildings has created ‘a sense of euphoria’ in the area, MP Conor Murphy has said.

Mr Murphy was speaking on Friday when he accompanied the Education Minister Caitriona Ruane on visits to Dromintee and Forkhill where she met the Principals of both schools to personally inform them that their bids for new school buildings have been successful.

On Thursday the Minister announced that her Department had acquired an additional £13million as a result of the June Monitoring Round agreed by the Executive and that 14 schools across the north, including Dromintee Primary School and St. Oliver Plunkett’s in Forkhill, would benefit from the windfall.

Staff in both schools have persevered for decades, battling to provide a top quality education in inadequate and antiquated surroundings.  Their respective campaigns calling for new schools have been long and hard-fought and have involved parents, councillors and the whole community.

Speaking during the visits, Ms Ruane said it was ‘a good day for south Armagh’ and that both schools were chosen as their projects are ‘ready to go’.

She pointed out that work must begin immediately to move the projects forward as the builds must commence before March 2011.    It is expected that the tendering and procurement processes will begin in the coming weeks and that work will get underway in both schools before the end of the year.