McEntee welcomes Public Private Partnership contracts signing to deliver new Eureka College for Kells

Friday, 22nd July 2016

Local Minister for Mental Health and Older People and Meath East Fine
Gael T.D. Helen McEntee has welcomed the new that the Minister for
Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. has signed the contracts
for the commencement of building works in respect of Bundle 5 of the
Government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme, including
Eureka College in Kells.

This programme, announced as part of the Government’s Stimulus Package
measures of July 2012, provides for the construction of four new
post-primary school projects and one new primary school project
nationally. It also provides for the continuing operation and
maintenance of these school projects over a 25 year period after the
schools become operational, allowing Boards of Management and staff to
give their full focus to educational planning and teaching.

“The need for a new Eureka College has been something I have
highlighted since becoming a T.D. 3 years ago, and I have also worked
closely with Minister English during his 2 years in the Department of
Education to advance this project.  I welcome the news that contracts
have been signed allowing construction on the new Eureka College.
Schools are at the heart of all of our communities, good schools make
for good students, good citizens and good communities. This is key to
building and maintaining future prosperity. The future for Kells looks
very bright indeed after today’s news” stated Minister McEntee.



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