New Classroom for O’Gonnolloe National School

New Classroom for O’Gonnolloe National School

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The Department of Education and Skills has give the green light to a new mainstream classroom, including en-suite toilets and a separate WC facility for assisted users at one of east Clare’s fastest growing schools.

Confirming the news, Minister for Trade, Business & Employment, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection Pat Breen said: “I am pleased that O’Gonnelloe National School can now extend the school building further to accommodate a new classroom and WC facilities for staff and volunteers. Built in 1995, the school site can easily accommodate the necessary extension, while still allowing plenty of outdoor space for the children to play and outdoor activities.”

“The new classroom will facilitate a new mainstream teacher in this growing school, while the new WC facilities are also necessary as up to now there was just one such facility for use by the mixed gender staff numbering up to ten.

“O’Gonnelloe National School was originally a three classroom school, reflecting the requirements of the community 23 years ago. Since then a resources/learning support room was added in 2010 and a fourth classroom added the following year,” added the Clare Minister of State.

“I understand the school community would welcome an office for the school principal and further storage for records, and I look forward to working with them in the future to secure these further developments. In the interim I would like to congratulate the Board of Management, staff, parents and indeed students on this most recent development,” he said.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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