‘Closure of Clontifleece P.S regrettable’ – Ruane

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Sinn Féin councillor Michael Ruane has reacted to the news that Clontifleece P.S is set to close by expressing his regret that the school was no longer sustainable.

Newry Lord Mayor Mickey Ruane was a past pupil of the school

Ruane, a past pupil of the school said, “It is unfortunate that it is no longer viable to keep Clontifleece primary school open and that the Minister has had to approve the closure proposal put forward by the CCMS. “Clontifleece Primary School provided a superb education to children from the local community for generations. “Next year will actually be the 175th Anniversary of the opening of Clontifleece primary school, and in all that time it has served the local community and children extremely well and with a great professionalism. “I want to commend the Friends of Clontifleece group who have shown a great enthusiasm, drive and community spirit in striving to save the school from closure and I share their disappointment upon hearing this news. Ruane added, “I welcome the decision made by Minister O’Dowd to extend the closure date a further year than was original proposed by CCMS to ease the concerns of the local community regarding the closeness of the new school year and I also hope this allows for a smooth transition for pupils and staff alike.”
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