O’Dowd turns down nursery unit at Iveagh Primary School

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Friday, May 18th, 2012
Education Minister John O’Dowd has turned down a development proposal for the establishment of a 26 place full-time nursery unit at Iveagh Primary School in Rathfriland. Explaining the reasons for his decision, Mr O’Dowd commented: “My views on the value of pre-school provision for young children are well known. However, each development proposal for the establishment of new provision must be carefully considered on the basis of all the information pertinent to the individual case. The challenge I face is not simply to create more pre-school places, rather to ensure pre-school provision reflects the need for provision in local areas.” He added, “In this instance there are already sufficient pre-school places in the area and if approved the new unit would potentially displace existing good quality pre-school provision. On that basis I could not endorse this proposal.”
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