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Local Senator to make new school for Portarlington her top priority

Newly elected Fianna Fail Senator Fiona O’Loughlin says that seeing Colaiste Iosagain in Portarlington achieve its new school building is her top priority.

The former Kildare TD, who comes from Rathangan, was speaking following her appointment as Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education in the Seanad.

She said: “I am really pleased to have been appointed as Seanad Education Spokesperson by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

“This appointment will build on my experience as Chair of the Education and Skills Committee in the last Dáil and on my years of experience as a teacher.

“Education is facing into a really tough time and I will work closely with Minster Norma Foley on all the pertinent issues faced by the sector.

“In the Seanad this week, I spoke about the importance of hearing all voices in the discussion about reopening schools post-Covid 19.

“It has been a difficult few months for everybody; for teachers and parents, but most importantly for students and in particular, for those students who are in vulnerable situations domestically and for those with additional needs.

“Everything must be done to ensure our schools reopen in late August and this is my first priority as Education spokesperson in the Seanad.

“On a local level, I am remain completely committed to working with Colaiste Iosagain on achieving its new school extension.

“Every child must have a place appropriate to their needs and I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of parents, students, teachers, SNA’s and school secretaries in the Oireachtas.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.