Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has welcomed the approval of applications by Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board for major expansion of accommodation at Cólaiste Dún an Rí, Kingscourt and Breifne College, Cavan.
“Both Cólaiste Dún an Rí and Breifne College have had considerable growth in enrolment which will continue and the ETB will now be able to plan additional permanent accommodation at Cólaiste Dún an Rí to cater for 1000 pupils. Similarly the planning can now commence in respect of increasing accommodation at Breifne College to cater for 1200 pupils.
I pay particular tribute to Councillor Clifford Kelly for his work in having Cólaiste Dún an Rí established and also for his support for the ETB application to double the size of the existing accommodation. Sometime ago at the request of Councillor Clifford Kelly I met with the Principal, the Parents’ Association and Members of the Board of Management where they clearly outlined to me the success of the College to date and the very welcome projected enrolment for the future. I was very glad to highlight to the Department and the Minister the need to advance this application without delay.
I am glad to have supported the ETB application in seeking additional permanent accommodation for Breifne College where there has been a substantial increase in enrolment in recent years. It is a great credit to both schools and a vote of confidence that this major expansion in school accommodation has been approved. I know that Councillor Patricia Walsh as a Member of the ETB has been very supportive of this application.
I know that the CEO of the ETB, Mr John Kearney, and his colleagues made very well researched and detailed submissions in support of both applications and I compliment them for their commitment on the quality of the detailed applications. The ETB has a very good record in delivering building projects and I have no doubt they will progress the planning and design of this additional classroom accommodation without delay.
I wish the ETB well in progressing these particular projects”, stated Brendan Smith TD.