As you know, Castleknock Community College (CCC) has long been seeking the green light to proceed with a much-needed two-storey extension that would include a new sports hall with balcony and changing rooms, ten new classrooms and a covered link to the existing school building.
I have consistently raised the matter with my colleagues, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin, because CCC, in my view, has an unarguable case for funding.
There are ongoing discussions in Government with a view to developing further investment in much-needed infrastructure.
People may have seen, for example, that the European Investment Bank visited Dublin recently.
My own view is that we need further stimulus to invest in crucial infrastructure – building projects that will deliver necessary facilities and create jobs.
Schools would have to be a key component, and CCC, in my view, absolutely merits funding under any such plan.
Despite years of promises by the previous Government, funding never materialised for CCC.
I understand one of the key criteria for inclusion on any new plan will be that projects are shovel-ready, and CCC has done everything possible to get to that stage.
As a result, I’m very confident that the CCC has every chance of being on any further investment plan.
I will continue to keep you updated on this hugely important issue.