Brady expresses delight over local schools investment

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Monday, June 25th, 2012
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Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has said he is delighted that there will be two new schools built in Newry following the announcement today by Education Minister John O’Dowd. Speaking from the Assembly Mr Brady said, “The news this morning that both St Clare’s and the Abbey, which are in the process of amalgamation, and St Joseph’s primary schools are to receive new, state of the art school buildings is absolutely wonderful. Figures announced by Minister John O’Dowd indicate that the St Clare’s/ Abbey project will cost in the region of £6 million while £5.8 million has been ring fenced for St Joseph’s. This is a major investment in the educational infrastructure in Newry and must be welcomed by all.” Brady said he believed that work on both projects will begin immediately with the new schools being operational over the coming years. “The building work, I believe, will start as soon as practicably possible and it should not be too long before pupils are availing of their new facilities.” Brady also spoke of his personal links to both schools saying, “I have a special affiliation with both of these projects as I am a past pupil of both St Joseph’s Primary School and the Abbey Grammar, so this news resonates deeply with me.” He added, “I have spoken to all three school principles and they are absolutely over the moon with today’s announcement. I also wish to commend the Minister, my party colleague John O’Dowd on his continued dedication to the development of the educational estate across the north.” More on this story: Huge boost for local schools after £11.8m investment announced  
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