Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary, Jackie Cahill has welcomed the €1.4 million grant to Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Thurles to build a new extension and to refurbish the existing school facilities.

Deputy Cahill was commenting after he was informed that the grant had been sanctioned by the Department of Education and Skills.

“This has been a long time coming. The local school community – the teachers, staff, parents and above all the students have been crying out for this investment for many years.

“The school has been serving generations of Thurles people since the late 1920s. A new building was opened in the early 1980s with a new canteen and PE hall opened by the last Fianna Fáil government in 2007/2008.

“However, that is over 10 years ago, the school population is growing and the need to invest in the school’s future is clear for all to see.

“I am anxious that there are no unnecessary delays between this announcement, planning being obtained and construction starting.

“Education, and in particular delivering the best possible educational opportunities to the people of Tipperary, is a core priority for me. Over the next number of weeks, I will be releasing my plan for Tipperary’s Education system to ensure that it delivers for young people and provides them with the skills needed to gain quality, well-paid, local employment.

“As the local TD for Thurles, I will continue to work with the school management to ensure that this announcement is turned into action as quickly as possible,” concluded Cahill.