Clonmel’s Gaelscoil has moved a step closer to finally securing a permanent home, after it emerged that the sale by the County Council of the school’s temporary site at Upper Irishtown to the Department of Education and Skills has now been completed.
The sale of the former County Council building, which has been the school’s temporary home for the past 17 years, closed on April 18th and Deputy Tom Hayes has welcomed the announcement by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn that he is now the full owner of the property.
Deputy Hayes said the news marked another stage in the end of what was a long struggle for the school, which had been renting the building since it opened in 1994.
He said that while people had fought for other sites he always believed this to be the best site.
The Department says it is currently preparing a planning application in relation to the entire site, and consultants working on behalf of the Department would visit the building to carry out an Architectural Heritage Assessment, as requested by the planning authority.
“Contact will be made with the school authorities in due course to arrange access”, Valerie Healion, of the Department’s site acquisition and property management section stated in a letter to school principal Treasa Nic Dhiarmada.