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Meeting between Laois school and Education Minister to take place this week

Abbeyleix school

Minister for Education Norma Foley will meet with officials from Scoil Mhuire in Abbeyleix to discuss the many structural problems that exist with the school building.

This meeting, which will take place on Thursday March 25, will be held virtually as, due to the Covid restrictions, the Minister cannot visit the school in person.

The meeting has been organised by Laois TD Sean Fleming and he says this will be an opportunity for the school to raise the major structural problems with the school building.

The roof of the building has so many leaks it is beyond repair.

The sewerage system under the school building is not fit for purpose.

While insulation of the walls and the building is non existent.

Minister of State Fleming said: “I look forward to Minister Foley hearing first hand from the school authorities who will highlight to her that the continuing effort to patch and repair the school building is no longer sustainable.

“I will be calling on the Minister to take on board all the comments from the school and to respond to their very reasonable request for a full comprehensive approach to solving the unacceptable situation the school finds itself in.

“Finally, I also want to thank the school principal, staff, Board of Management, parents and above all the students in the school who are coping with the very difficult situation.”

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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.