New 1,000 pupil school for South Kildare to be located near Magee Barracks

Fianna Fail Education Spokesperson Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has said that Magee Barracks will be home to the new Curragh Post Primary school building that will cater for up to 1,000 students.

Senator O’Loughlin said, “Since my election to the Oireachtas in 2016, I have been working hard to deliver a new school building for South Kildare. We have repeatedly seen issues of capacity within the education system in Kildare South and alleviating that remains a key priority for me.”

“Unfortunately, this year we have seen yet another school place shortage in Kildare South, mainly in the towns of Newbridge, Kildare and the surrounding areas. I have used my position as a Senior Government Senator to advocate strongly on behalf of our community. I have met with Minister Foley on several occasions, both in private and publicly to ensure that she and her Department are fully aware of the issues on the ground, and of the anxiety of affected parents and students in our towns. I have also raised this issue directly with the Taoiseach”

“Like so many others, I have been frustrated by the lack of action in recent years, and the delays with respect to the new building for Curragh Post Primary, but I have continued to raise this at every opportunity, and I am pleased to say that  progress has finally been made on the site for the new school. The Department have confirmed that the school will be located on an 8 acre site near Magee Barrack.”

Fiona concluded “This is great progress and is a long-time coming for the education community in South Kildare, but we still need to see the immediate shortage for September 2022 addressed by the Minister and her Department, and I am confident that working with the Minister I can help deliver a workable interim solution for our community.”