20 Apr 2012

Minister’s visit was a great success

The Minister Ruairí Quinn was welcomed to the school today. The school drummers welcomed him initially and he participated in a question and answer session with sixth class pupils afterwards. A wide variety of topics were covered including his sporting interested, his political career and the long wait Gaelsoil Philib Barún has had in temporary accommodation.

The Minister explained that the DES is building many schools throughout the country but afterwards at a meeting with the Board of Management and Parents representatives he advised that the school continue with dhb Architects to design and seek planning permission for a permanent building. If funding becomes available then the project may go to tender.

The Principal, Daithí de Paor, asked that the length of time that schools are waiting for permanent accommodation be factored in to decisions by the DES to progress projects.

Finally the Chairperson of the BOM, Sean Breathnach, asked that the Minister return to open our new school when it is built. Minister Quinn accepted the invitation.