Errigal College in Letterkenny has been given the green light for a state of the art major new school building project, it has been confirmed.

The new facility will be able to accommodate up to 750 pupils.

Officials in the Department of Education and Skills have assessed plans and approved the major construction project, including a 6,600m2 extension and refurbishment of 2,300m2 of the old school building

Donegal ETB will be responsible for procuring the design team and the day to day management of the project as it moves near construction.

“I am delighted to be able to confirm a hugely significant construction project for Errigal College in Letterkenny," Minister for Education Joe McHugh said. “Donegal ETB and the school principal Charlie Cannon have now got the go ahead for what will effectively be a brand new 750 pupil post-primary school.

“It will give the students and teachers and staff top class facilities to learn, work and grow.

“Alongside that, a project of this size is also about jobs and investing in Donegal.”

He added: “Importantly the school will get a double Special Education base as part of the plan.

“Errigal College is just one of more than a dozen major capital projects for schools in Donegal.”

Local Fine Gael councillor and chair of Errigal College Board of Management Jimmy Kavanagh added: “I know well what a project of this scale means to the school community at Errigal College and people of Letterkenny.

“I wish Charlie Cannon and all his team and Anne McHugh, and her team at the Donegal ETB, every success on what is a hugely significant project.”

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