An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will officially cut the ribbon on Ballinamore’s new Community School on Monday, October 6.
The official visit was confirmed this week and the leader’s visit to Ballinamore will come four days before the Roscommon -South Leitrim Bye Election vote on October 10. Local Fine Gael Cllr John McCartin welcomed the news and confirmed the official visit to the Leitrim Observer.
Kenny will open the school before lunch on October 6.
The new school opened it’s doors to students earlier this year on February 26. The town had been campaigning for over 40 years for the new school which combined Meanscoil Fatima, St Felim’s College and Ballinamore Vocational School.
BAM Building began work on the green field site out the Swanlinbar Road, opposite Sean O’Heslin’s football pitch in November 2012 and just 14 months later delivered a marvellous building well ahead of schedule and for an estimated figure of €8 million.
The four acre site includes a training football pitch, five basketball courts which can be used for a variety of sports, dressing rooms, polytunnel, bus shelter, and car park. €150,000 worth of IT equipment was installed into the school along with 100mb broadband wi-fi connection.
Work on the Community Hospital on the Railway line, Ballinamore has been completed. The interior and furnishings were being completed on the 19 bed nursing home facility last week. The HSE are still seeking a tenant for the facility, but it is understood that if no private tenant is secured, the HSE will open and run the building. It is expected to be opened early next year.