Cllr Ken Glynn has received definitive confirmation from Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe and An Taoiseach Brian Cowen that the decentralisation of the Department of Education to Mullingar is to go ahead by means of a Public Private Partnership.
During Mr Cowen’s recent visit to Mullingar, he gave verbal confirmation that the project would go ahead; however in light of several unfounded rumours, Cllr Glynn requested written confirmation of the fact.
According to Minister O’Keeffe, planning permission has been received for the new building in Mullingar, and discussions are proceeding with the successful tenderer prior to commencement of building work.
“I have lobbied for far too long to allow rumour to stand in the way of progress for our area. This move will prove to be a huge economic boost as well as providing much needed employment; for this reason I will continue to lobby Minister O’Keeffe and An Taoiseach to make the decentralisation of the Department of Education to Mullingar a top priority and to ensure that it is completed speedily,” he said.