A NEW building for Gaelscoil Donncha Rua in Shannon has moved a step closer after planning permission was granted for a single storey school on a two acre site in Tullyvarraga.

Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey, who has been campaigning for the new school building for several years, said that planning permission for the construction of the 1,318 square metre building includes the removal of five existing temporary pre-fab classrooms from the site on Bóthar Linne

“The Limerick and Clare Educational and Training Board (LCETB) are responsible for delivery of the project and I have asked that the project move to construction stage without further delay,” he added.

“The plans include a new internal road with set-down area and car parking; covered bicycle parking and entrance gate; new site boundaries; hard play area; landscaping and associated site works.

“There will be a new entrance from Bealach Bri, with a bus set down facility adjacent to the new entrance, as well as associated road works at the Beach Bri junction,” Deputy Carey explained.

“Gaelscoil Donncha Rua is one of the most successful schools of its kind in the country, despite the fact that classes have been held in prefabs for the past 35 years and the board of management have been paying more than €84,000 a year on rent.

“It is the only Gaelscoil within a 15 mile radius, serving children from the local area as well as Sixmilebridge, Newmarket-on-Fergus and Quin. It is also the only primary school in Shannon that has an ASD unit catering for children with autism,” he concluded.

Photo: Príomhoide Gaelscoil Donncha Rua Aisling Ní Áirtnéada with Deputy Joe Carey.