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Aonad ASD ceadaithe do Ghaelscoil Bhaile Brigín

Nollaig 19, 2014

Tá áthas an domhain ar  Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín go bhfuil cead na Roinne Oideachais & Scileanna faighte acu le hAonad ASD (neamhord de chuid speictream an uathachais) a oscailt sa scoil

“Tá muid ag súil le go mbeidh sé oscailte an t-am seo an bhliain seo chugainn” a deir príomhoide na scoile, Clodagh Ní Mhaoilchiaráin. “Tá pobal na scoile ar bís agus tá muid ag súil go mór le tabhairt faoi san Athbhliain.  Cabhroidh sé seo go mór linn freastal ar an bpobal scoile atá againn agus orthu siúd a bheidh ag teacht chugainn amach anseo le ASD agus a bhfuil a dtuistí ag iarraidh go bhfanfaidh siad sa choras Gaelscolaíochta.”

Tá tuilleadh eolais maidir leis an scoil ar fáil ar www.gsbhailebrigin.ie.

Aifreann Gaeilge na Nollag

Nollaig 19, 2014

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16 extra schools to benefit from expanded building programme

Nollaig 19, 2014

Some 16 school building projects have been added to the Department of Education’s infrastructural programme for 2015.

The extra projects include a new primary school building for Gaelscoil de hÍde in Fermoy, Co Cork, which has been engaged in a long-running campaign to accommodate its expanding student population.

Also benefitting is St Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School, which abandoned fees for its pupils earlier this year so it could qualify for building grants and other supports under the Free Education Scheme.

The 450-year-old school, one of the country’s oldest, had been campaigning unsuccessfully since 2000 for the new building, which will encompass a derelict site on Kevin Street.

The 16 projects, which will replace inadequate educational infrastructure, are part of 70 building projects scheduled to proceed to construction next year.

The projects are part of a €2.2 billion five-year capital investment programme launched in March 2012, aimed at meeting demographic demand for new schools and facilities.

44 new primary schools

The 70 projects scheduled to begin next year comprise 44 new schools at primary level, 11 extensions at primary level, five new schools at second level, eight extensions at second-level and two new special schools.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said that together with school projects ongoing from 2014, this meant that a total of 196 major school projects would be on site next year. She said further building projects would be announced next year.

Ms O’Sullivan acknowledged that some schools had campaigned for years to get new buildings but there was “no intention to delay” on the part of the Government or the department.

“Inevitably some of these are very large projects. Some of them do run into difficulties that delay them. But as Minister I want to move them forward as quickly as possible.”

She also said the department was monitoring claims of exploitation of labourers in school building projects. The trade union Unite has claimed that workers are earning less than €5 per hour in some projects due to sub-contracting arrangements.

The Minister said there was an auditing system in the department “and anything that is untoward is reported to the relevant authorities” be it Revenue, the Department of Social Protection or the National Employment Rights Authority.

She noted that there were difficulties from the striking down in court of some of the protections for workers but her colleague Ged Nash, Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, was making “significant progress” in addressing these.

Construction industry

“This programme brings a very large number of jobs to an industry that has been pretty much on its knees for several years now. So it’s a very important element of the revival of the construction industry, which is a priority for Government,” Ms O’Sullivan said. l The full list of building projects approved can be found at education.ie.


Building to start on 51 schools

Nollaig 19, 2014

Construction should start on 51 school buildings next year as part of a €450m capital programme announced yesterday.

The projects are a mix of replacement facilities for existing schools and accommodation for start-up primary and second-level schools, as well as two new special schools in Carrigaline, Co Cork, and Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

The new Sonas facility is one of five new-build projects in the Cork town on a list of 70 major projects going to construction in 2015, published by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan. The others are three second-level schools and a new building for Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighinn.

A gaelscoil that has been the subject of local political controversy is also listed to move to construction, even though a planning application has yet to be lodged. A campaign group in Fermoy, Co Cork, has been targeting Minister of State Seán Sherlock about commitments for a new building for Gaelscoil de hÍde, which is scheduled by Ms O’Sullivan to proceed next year.

Its inclusion received a cautious welcome from principal at the 410-pupil school, Seán McGearrailt.

“We’re delighted to be finally on this list after a long campaign by parents, staff and management, but there’s still a long way to go. Hopefully it will happen next year, but the site has yet to be acquired, design work done and planning permission got,” he said.

The schools capital outlay for next year is €20m less than the €470m budget in 2014, although Ms O’Sullivan revealed last week that €35.5m targeted at large building projects was not spent due to a range of delays.

The 70 projects announced over a year ago to begin construction in 2014 included 22 primary and 12 second-level buildings. Planning appeals delayed 14 projects this year but three have been cleared and started construction, and another five are set to see work begin next year.

Under the 2015 programme, work should start on 44 new primary schools and five new builds at second-level, with 19 major extensions set to begin. Dublin projects make up 18 of those on the list, followed by Cork with 11, six in Galway, and three each in Clare, Louth, Meath and Wexford.

More than 40 major projects were completed or occupied during the past year, and the Department of Education expects almost 200 to be in progress during 2015, when those with work already started are added to those on the new list. Projects for future years will be assessed as 2015 progresses, to see if they are ready to go to construction and if there is financial scope to do so.

Irish Examiner

€450m school-building plan targets fast-growing areas

Nollaig 19, 2014

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has announced a spend of €450m on next year’s school building programme, including €280m on 70 major projects.

Among the major works are 44 new schools at primary level as well as 11 extensions, along with five new second-level schools and eight extensions and two special schools.

Projects have been announced for all but three of the 26 counties, with Kerry, Mayo and Sligo on the western seaboard, where many schools are losing numbers, not featuring on the 2015 list.

Most of the focus is on Dublin and its extended commuter belt, such as counties Louth and Wexford, as well as other major urban centres such as Cork and Galway.

Overall, more than 27,800 permanent school places – including 23,700 extra places – will be created next year to cope with rising enrolments as a result of ongoing high birth rates.

Schools at both primary and second-level will see significant increases in pupil numbers in coming years.

Total enrolment in primary schools is expected to rise by over 44,000 between now and 2017, while at second-level the increase will be in the order of 25,000. Enrolments in primary schools will peak by 2020, while at second-level they will continue to rise until at least 2026.

A €2.2bn five-year capital investment programme was launched in March 2012 with the target of creating more than 100,000 permanent school places over five years.

As well as new schools, other projects will see the replacement of temporary or unsatisfactory accommodation.

Ms O’Sullivan said her “primary aim is to ensure that there are sufficient school accommodation places in place in the education system to ensure that every child has access to a physical school place”.

Next year’s building programme will support about 3,000 construction-related jobs and more than 500 indirect jobs in 2015.

It means that 196 major school projects will be on site next year including projects continuing from 2014. A total of 42 major school projects have reached substantial completion in 2014.

The minister said that as 2015 progressed, projects scheduled to begin building in future years would be assessed to see if they were ready to go to construction earlier than planned, and if there is financial scope to do so.

The announcement was given only a cautious welcome by Gaelscoil de hIde in Fermoy, Co Cork, which said its inclusion on the list was “meaningless unless the process gets moving and fast – currently we don’t even have a site on which to construct a new school”.

The theme of last week’s protest at Gaelscoil de hIde was “frozen”, reflecting the view of the school community that the project was “frozen in time”.

Irish Independent

Ocht scoil de chuid an Fhorais ar Liosta Tógála an Roinne do 2015

Nollaig 18, 2014

D’fhógair an tAire Oideachais agus Scileanna, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., inniu go bhfuil sé i gceist ag an Roinn Oideachais tús a chur le hobair thógála ar 70 scoil sa bhliain 2015.

Tá ocht scoil de chuid an Fhorais Phátrúnachta ar an liosta tógála seo:

  • Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa, An Mhí
  • Gaelscoil an Chuillinn, BÁC
  • Gaelscoil Liatroma, Liatroim
  • Gaelscoil Longfoirt, Longfort
  • Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha, Cill Dara
  • Gaelscoil Riabhach, Gaillimh
  • Gaelscoil Ros Eo, BÁC
  • Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, An Mhí

Dúirt Caoimhín Ó hEaghra, Ard Rúnaí ar an bhForas Pátrúnachta: “Cuireann sé an áthas ar an bForas Pátrúnachta go bhfuil foirgneamh buana nua fógartha do na scoileanna seo do 2015. Tá géarghá leo agus tá moladh le dul don Roinn as an obair atá ar siúl acu chun iad a sholáthar. Fós, tá scoileanna nach bhfuil cóiríocht chuí acu agus leanfaidh An Foras Pátrúnachta ar aghaidh ag obair leis an Roinn chun cóiríocht cheart a shocrú dóibh sa ghearrthéarma.”

Caithfear €450 milliún agus infreastruchtúr bunscoile agus meánscoile sa bhliain atá romhainn.

“Teastaíonn uainn scoileanna a mhéadú agus scoileanna nua a thógáil le freastal ar na riachtanais atá ag an daonra scoile, daonra atá ag fás,” arsa an tAire Oideachais.

“Is é an aidhm atá agam ná cinntiú go dóthain áiteanna scoile sa chóras oideachais agus go bhfuil fáil ag gach páiste ar cheann.”


70 Tionscadal Mór Tógála Scoile Á bhFógairt Ag An Aire Jan O’Sullivan Mar Chuid Den Phlean Cúig Bliana €2.2BN

Nollaig 18, 2014

Breis is 27,800 ionad buan scoile agus 3,500 jab lena soláthar leis na tionscadail

Inniu, d’fhógair an tAire Oideachais agus Scileanna, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., na 70 tionscadal scoile atá sceidealaithe chun tógála in 2015.

I gclár infheistíochta caipitil €2.2 billiún a lainseáladh i mí Márta 2012, tugadh sonraí faoi 275 tionscadal mór nua tógála scoile a bhfuiltear chun tús a chur leo thar an tréimhse 2012-2016. In 2013, fógraíodh sonraí faoi 28 tionscadal mór scoile eile a bhí faofa chun dul ar aghaidh go dtí tairiscint agus tógáil.

Cuimsíonn fógra an lae inniu 16 tionscadal scoile eile a chuirfear in áit infreastruchtúir oideachais atá uireasach agus a mbeidh acmhainn bhreise iontu atá ag teastáil go géar chun an dúshlán déimeagrafach a shárú.

Caithfear €450 milliún ar infreastruchtúr bunscoile agus iar-bhunscoile an bhliain seo chugainn, caiteachas réamhaisnéiste de bhreis is €280 milliún de ar thionscadail ar scála mór.

Is iad na 70 tionscadal mór atá sceidealaithe chun dul ar aghaidh go dtí an tógáil in 2015 ná:

44 scoil nua ag an mbunleibhéal
11 síneadh ag an mbunleibhéal
5 scoil nua ag an dara leibhéal
8 síneadh ag an dara leibhéal
2 scoil speisialta nua

Tá breis is 27,800 ionad buan scoile i gceist leis na tionscadail seo agus is ionaid bhreise 23,700 díobh seo. Déanfar cóiríocht atá sealadach nó míshásúil a mhalartú ar an gcuid eile díobh.

Leis na tionscadail scoile atá fós ar siúl ó 2014, beidh iomlán de 196 tionscadal mór scoile ar an láithreán tógála an bhliain seo chugainn.

Ina theannta sin, dheimhnigh an tAire go bhfuil iomlán de 42 tionscadal mór scoile tugtha i gcrích nach mór in 2014.

Ag fógairt sonraí de chlár tógála 2015 di dúirt an tAire O’Sullivan, “Is breá liom inniu na tionscadail mhóra scoile a thógfar an bhliain seo chugainn a dheimhniú.”

“Chomh maith leis na 27,800 ionad buan scoile atá á gcur ar fáil, beidh an infheistíocht shonrach seo ina taca do tuairim is 3,000 jab díreach agus breis is 500 jab indíreach in 2015.”

Adúirt an tAire O’Sullivan freisin, “Tá scoileanna nua agus síntí móra ag teastáil go géar uainn d’fhonn freastal ar riachtanais chóiríochta na ndaltaí scoile againn a bhfuil a líon ag dul i méid.

“Tá méaduithe sonracha le teacht ar líon na ndaltaí scoile sna blianta romhainn amach. Táthar ag súil le fás de bheagnach 70,000 dalta ar an rollachán iomlán daltaí i mbunscoileanna agus in iar-bhunscoileanna araon idir seo agus 2017 – breis is 44,000 ag an mbunleibhéal agus 25,000 ag an iar-bhunleibhéal – agus beidh fás ag teacht air i gcónaí suas go dtí 2026 ar a laghad ag an dara leibhéal.”

“Is é is aidhm phríomha agam ná a chinntiú go mbíonn dóthain ionad cóiríochta scoile ann sa chóras oideachais chun a chinntiú go mbíonn rochtain ag gach páiste ar ionad fisiciúil scoile,” adúirt an tAire O’Sullivan mar fhocal scoir.

Tá fógra an lae inniu mar chuid de phlean an Rialtais breis is 100,000 ionad buan scoile a chur ar fáil i gcaitheamh an phlean cúig bliana.

De réir mar a bheidh an bhliain 2015 ag dul thart, measúnófar tionscadail a bhí sceidealaithe lena gcur chun tógála sna blianta amach romhainn féachaint an bhfuil siad réidh lena gcur chun tógála níos luaithe ná mar a bhí beartaithe, agus an bhfuil an acmhainn airgeadais ann chun déanamh amhlaidh.

Leanfar de na sonraí maidir leis na tionscadail mhóra go léir atá liostaithe sa Phlean Cúig Bliana a choinneáil agus a nuashonrú ar shuíomh gréasáin na Roinne, www.education.ie

Scéim tógála na Roinne Oideachais & Scileanna do 2015 fógartha, 18 scoil lán-Ghaeilge le foirgnimh scoile nua a fháil

Nollaig 18, 2014

Is cúis áthais do Gaelscoileanna Teo. go bhfuil 18 scoil lán-Ghaeilge i measc na scoileanna a ainmníodh inniu i bplean tógála na Roinne Oideachais & Scileanna don bhliain 2015. Cuirfear foirgnimh scoile nua ar fáil do na scoileanna thíos, roinnt díbh atá i cóiríocht shealadach le beagnach 30 bliain anuas. Guíonn muid gach rath ar an obair tógála agus beimis ag súil leis go mbeidh foireann agus daltaí na scoileanna thar a bheith sona agus sásta ina seomraí ranga nua.

Na scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge ar an liosta tógála do 2015 ná:

  • Gaelscoil de hÍde
  • Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin
  • Gaelscoil Mainistir na Corann
  • Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin
  • Scoil Caitlín Maude
  • Gaelscoil Ros Eo
  • Gaelscoil an Chuilinn
  • Gaelscoil na Giúise
  • Scoil Náisiúnta na bhForbacha
  • Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh
  • Gaelscoil Riabhach
  • Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha
  • Gaelscoil Liatroma
  • Gaelscoil an Ráithín
  • Gaelscoil Longfoirt
  • Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa
  • Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg
  • Gaelscoil Philib Barún

Tá an liosta iomlán agus tuilleadh sonraí ar fáil ar shuíomh na Roinne Oideachais & Scileanna, www.education.ie.

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Nollaig 16, 2014

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