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Funding finally granted for Holy Family School – Senator Reilly

17 November, 2015

Sinn Féin's Seanad Education spokesperson, Senator Kathryn Reilly, has welcomed the granting of funding to the Holy Family School Cootehill under the Department of Education’s 2016/2021 Schools Buildings Programme. 

Speaking this morning Senator Reilly said:

"It is just that funding has finally been granted to the Holy Family School Cootehill. The Holy Family School in Cootehill caters for pupils with severe and profound learning disabilities, moderate and multiple learning disabilities and for pupils with autism. 

“The catchment area for this school is beyond a parish or town or even one single county. It serves a number of counties and parents have to send their children here to receive the high standards of education the teachers and staff there provide.

“For over 15 years parents have been campaigning on an ongoing basis to try and deliver funding for the school, the news that funding has finally been granted is a testament to their hard work and must come as both a great victory and a great relief.

"For the past number of years I have raised this issue in the Seanad, this year alone I raised it on the 11th and 15th June. On October 1st I called on the Minister to use the capital plan to allocate funding for the school and I am glad that this has materialised. But today I am delighted for all those associated with the campaign, who after 15 years, numerous Education ministers and countless false starts, have finally seen funding granted for the school.

"It is now important that the funding is put to work as soon as possible delivering the essential works that are needed for the school.”

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