Senator Camillus Glynn has warmly welcomed the approval of two new classrooms for Curraghmore National School in Mullingar.
While the school authorities are currently seeking a greenfield site for a new school, approval has been granted in the interim for the rental of two new 80 sq m classrooms.
The extra space will help to cater for increased enrolments at the school.
The approval was announced by Tanaiste and Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan last week.
Growing pupil numbers at Curraghmore are facilitated at present by several temporary prefabs. Earlier this year it emerged that the school is currently paying out annual rent of €67,184 on four temporary prefabs on site, one of which dates as far back as 2001.