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Taoiseach and ministers to attend significant Connemara engagements

October 28, 2016

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister Richard Bruton and Minister of State Sean Kyne will be in Connemara today to mark a series of significant engagements.

These are the launch of a major new Gaeltacht Education Strategy, the turning of the first sod on a new building for Clifden Community School and the official opening of the upgraded Leenane Water Treatment Plant.

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Sean Kyne will attend the official opening of the upgraded Leenane Water Treatment plant at the Leenane Community Centre at 10am.

This morning’s event follows the recent completion of one million euro works to the facility, to provide safe and reliable drinking water to several hundred residents in the area.

Minister Kyne will then join Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Education Minister Richard Bruton for the launch of the Government’s new Gaeltacht Education Strategy at Scoil Mhic Dara in Carraroe at noon.

The strategy covers early-years, primary and post-primary education in Gaeltacht regions across the country.

Measures include the teaching of all subjects through Irish, not teaching English during the first two years of primary school, supports for teacher training to improve numbers and reform of the Irish language curriculum to reflect the different needs of Irish and English schools.

Minister Bruton will then make his way to Clifden, where he’ll witness the turning of the sod on a long-awaited new building for Clifden Community School at 3pm.

The project involves the demolition of the existing school and prefabs and the construction of a new two-storey and part three-storey school.

The new building has been hard sought for the past fifteen years and it’s hoped the project will be completed in about 18 months.

Connacht Tribune