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28 May 2022

'We are delighted' Meán Scoil Mhuire Longford principal hails new school go-ahead

Meán Scoil Mhuire

Mean Scoil Mhuire in Longford town has been given the green light for a new school build

Longford’s Meán Scoil Mhuire is to see all of its capacity issues resolved with approval from the Department of Education for the construction of a new school building that will accommodate up to 650 students.

 

The school has been at capacity for some time and, with the reopening of schools during the pandemic, was forced to find additional space for classrooms via the Temperance Hall and the former Turner’s Printing premises on Earl Street.

School principal, Aoife Mulrennan told the Leader that Friday was “a wonderful day in the history of our school” and that the new school will allow students to continue to excel in their studies.

“As a staff, we are delighted. A new school will bring comfort to our staff who have met outstanding standards in their delivery of curricula despite not having access to the range of equipment and facilities of a newer build,” she said.

Students and staff at Meán Scoil Mhuire began an active campaign advocating for a new school in January 2020 ahead of the general election in February that year, calling on all election candidates to pledge their support.

The current school building is over 135 years old and is no longer suitable for the needs of its students.

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