Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford James Browne has revealed that the Department of Education and Skills is close to identifying a location for a new Educate Together National School in Wexford.

Deputy Browne made the comments after receiving a parliamentary reply from Minister Bruton in the Dáil which states that the acquisition of a suitable permanent location for the school is at an advanced stage and a shortlist of preferred site options has been selected.

Deputy Browne serves as Chair of the school’s Board of Management and has been working on the project for many years.

Deputy Browne said, “This is an important project as the people of Wexford have been waiting many years for a new Educate Together National School. I have been raising this issue in the Dáil with Minister Richard Bruton to keep the pressure on and ensure this project is delivered as soon as possible.

“Minister Bruton has confirmed to me that the acquisition of a suitable site for the new school is at an advanced stage. A shortlist of preferred site options has been selected by his Department and these sites have been subject to a comprehensive technical assessment to ensure they meet the needs of the new school. The Department has also started engagement with the relevant landowners and further progress is expected once these discussions conclude.

“I will continue following up on this issue with Minister Bruton. The local community have been waiting many years for the new school and it’s important it is delivered as soon as possible,” concluded Deputy Browne.