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Boyle delighted as Minister gives green light for Strabane Academy and Gaelscoil new builds

Published: 22 January, 2013

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has described as a 'fantastic news day for Strabane' today's announcement by Education Minister John O Dowd that Strabane Academy and Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh in the town have been given the green light for new builds.

She said,

"Along with Pat Doherty MP, I have been pressing the case for new builds for both schools on an ongoing basis with the Minister and I am absolutely delighted at his announcement today that both schools are among 22 schools, both primary and post primary, that he has identified as priority projects for a new build programme totalling £220 million.

"This news will undoubtedly be a cause of celebration for the pupils, parents, staff of both schools and indeed the wider community of which both schools are an integral part.

"The construction of two new build schools in Strabane will represent a substantial capital investment in our area and apart from providing a much needed boost to the hard-pressed construction industry and create work opportunities there will also be a positive spin off for local business, suppliers and services during the construction phase.

"This is a fantastic news day for Strabane."

On the Ministers wider announcement local MP Pat Doherty said,

"The Minster also announced the creation of a £40m schools enhancement programme to improve school buildings.

"Under this scheme, £20 million will be made available over each of the next two years and individual schools will be able to apply for funding of up to £4million for refurbishing or extending existing buildings.

"This is good news for all concerned with making sure our children have a first class education. The investment benefits to the construction industry and wider economy are also going to have a positive effect during these lean times.

"This announcement provides a potential investment of up to £625 million to the local economy and secure some 6200 jobs in the construction industry on these projects."