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Gaelscoil Donncha Rua a step closer to new building

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A new building for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua in Shannon has moved a step closer to construction with confirmation that a design team has been appointed to start the architectural and planning process.

Minister for Education, Joseph McHugh has confirmed a service level agreement has been signed with the Limerick and Clare Education Training Board (LCETB). No date has been given regarding the expected completion of the project.

Deputy Joe Carey (FG) has welcomed the announcement. “These are the first major steps in the design and construction stages.The design team will now design the buildings, obtain the necessary statutory planning permissions and move the project onward to construction in due course.

“Gaelscoil Donncha Rua is one of the most successful schools of its kind in the country, despite the fact that classes have been held in prefabs for the past 35 years and the board of management have been paying more than €84,000 a year on rent. It is the only Gaelscoil within a 15 mile radius, serving children from the local area as well as Sixmilebridge, Newmarket-on-Fergus and Quin. It is also the only primary school in Shannon that has an ASD unit catering for 12 children with autism,” Carey added.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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