Planning decision due on Gaelscoil de hÍde next month

By the start of next month, Gaelscoil de hÍde in Oranmore, will know whether it has received planning permission for its new school.

The application follows a grant of outline planning permission and the purchase of the site by the Department of Education earlier this year.

This current application is seeking approval for the construction of a two-storey school with 16 classrooms, a general purpose room, library, resource and other rooms. A decision is due from the Galway County Council on September 3.

Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish has welcomed the application, pointing out that the school has 292 pupils and 20 staff, all of whom are housed in temporary accommodation on a half-acre site, with no playground space, or other facilities. The annual rental cost of prefabs is €200,000.

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