Ballinamore school finally gets planning go ahead

Local representatives have expressed their delight at the news that planning has finally been granted for Ballinamore’s long-awaited new secondary school.

Local representatives have expressed their delight at the news that planning has finally been granted for Ballinamore’s long-awaited new secondary school.

The granting of planning for the new school means that the project can progress to the next stage and local councillors told the Leitrim Observer they were confident that the new school will be ready to accept students for the 2013/12 school year.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer Cllr Ellis said he hoped to see work begin on the site shortly and added his praise for the teachers and staff, Parents Association and many campaigners who had worked tirelessly to progress the school.

“This has been a long time coming but I am delighted it has reached this stage,” he said before also expressing his gratitude to former Education Minister, Batt O’Keeffe for progressing the school into the Public Private Partnership system.

Cllr Hughes agreed that the news was “a massive success story” for Ballinamore.

“I’d like to thank the planning officials who met with us a fortnight ago about the planning issues that were raised in the request for further information. I’m delighted that all issues have now been resolved and planning has finally been granted,” he said.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.