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ETBI Welcomes Announcement of Awarding of Two New Multi-Denominational Primary Schools to Member ETBs

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., that Cork ETB and Kildare and Wicklow ETB have been awarded the patronage of two new primary schools, due to open in September 2015 to meet demographic needs in Counties Cork and Wicklow. Cork ETB will operate a new multi-denominational Community National School (CNS) in Carrigtohill, Co Cork, while Kildare and Wicklow ETB’s new school will be located in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

ETBI General Secretary Michael Moriarty said today, “It is good to know that parental demand for plurality and diversity of patronage is being responded to in what the Minister O’Sullivan describes as an objective and transparent process. We welcome her comment that both schools will optimise parental choice and strengthen diversity of provision in the areas in which they are to be established.”

“We are pleased that parents are becoming more aware of Community National Schools and what they stand for. As the CNS website www.cns.ie indicates, these schools are child-centred, inclusive, multi-belief, State-supported schools which strive to provide high quality primary education for every child in line with the Primary School Curriculum and guidelines laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.”

“We offer our congratulations to the Boards and Chief Executives of Kildare and Wicklow ETB and Cork ETB, on this achievement, and we know that the pupils, parents and staff will soon be experiencing a welcoming, caring and happy learning environment in their new Community National Schools,” Mr Moriarty concluded.

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