Mixed reaction to schools building list.

Reaction to the schools building list for 2004 has been mixed across the county. Some of the schools on the list have been critical of the process which can take up to 12 years before a new school is sanctioned. Of the 22 schools that have advanced onto the next stage of the process some principals claim they are no clearer on how far away they are from new classrooms.Deputy Breda Moynihan Cronin welcomed the list but claims 11 schools have been deferred until post 2005. She says teachers unions have estimated 3 billion is needed to complete all building projects nationally but at the current rate of investment this will take decades.Meanwhile Deputy Martin Ferris says something has to be done to alleviate the ongoing problems at Blennerville National School. The remaining Oireachtas members for the county Minister John O Donohue, Deputy’s Jimmy Deenihan, Jackie Healy Rae and Tom Mac Ellistrom have welcomed the publication of the list.

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