Meath East TD and EU Minister, Thomas Byrne has warmly welcomed the news from the Department of Education has today announced that the new 5 classroom and 2 Special Education Needs room School for St. Peter’s Dunboyne is now approved to proceed to construction.

He told Meath Live, “This is a significant step towards the delivery of the much needed permanent home for St. Peter’s National School, Dunboyne. Since its establishment in 2004, the school has been operating from temporary accommodation.

“St. Peter’s National School in Dunboyne is the first Church of Ireland denominational school established since the foundation of the State. It plays a very important role in an area of severe demographic pressure in Dunboyne and indeed South Meath. It caters for students from all over south Meath and students from west County Dublin.

“For some time, the school community have been understandably frustrated with the slow progress of the new building  project. They have been in very cramped accommodation on a very dangerous piece of road in the village. While as a member of the Opposition I continually raised and lobbied hard for the acquisition of a site and a proper permanent home for St. Peter’s  National School.

“The news that the project is now approved for construction is very positive news. Separately, the Government and the Department of Education is continuing to meet the significant demand of the local community for school places and educational provision in Dunboyne. The Government is committed to the delivery of services for this growing part of the county” concluded Minister Byrne.