Breakthrough on Gaelscoil funding hailed

Deputy Mattie McGrath has stated he's delighted with the news that a final agreement

Deputy Mattie McGrath has stated he's delighted with the news that a final agreement

has been reached between the Department of Education officials and South Tipperary County Council in relation to a site for Gaelscoil Chluain Meala.

"Following a number of high level contacts with Minister Curran and Minister Coughlan I have received a letter from the Tnaiste and Education Minister Mary Coughlan, confirming that her Department will now pay over the sum of €900,000 in respect of the Irishtown site to the County Council before the end of this financial year to purchase the present building occupied by the Gaelscoil, as well as the adjacent machinery yard at Irishtown, Clonmel", he said.

"A lot of very delicate negotiations have taken place over the last two and a half years but especially over the last month. I am delighted that in spite of recent rumours and scare mongering by opposition politicians in South Tipperary, the commitment given to me by the Tnaiste has now been fulfilled", he added.

"I would like to thank the senior Council officials, the former Minister for Education, Batt O' Keeffe, the current Minister for Education and Government Chief Whip John Curran, as well as the board of management, staff, parents council and the wider school community of the Gaelscoil for their forbearance and patience in this long saga", said Deputy McGrath.

The Gaelscoil has occupied temporary accommodation in the former County Council offices in Upper Irishtown since its foundation in 1994.