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County Galway VEC welcomes the granting of planning permission for the interim accommodation for Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Claregalway. This marks another significant step in the establishment of the new post-primary school for Claregalway.

In welcoming the granting of the planning permission the CEO of Co. Galway VEC, Mr Seosamh Mac Donncha, stated that this was yet another important milestone on the journey towards provision of second level education in Claregalway. He complimented the Dept. of Education and Skills officials and the office of Galway County Council on their extensive co-operation and collaboration in progressing the planning process to its fruition.

The on-site building programme commences in the next few weeks but much work has been done off-site in recent weeks in anticipation of planning being approved. The building programme is on schedule and such is the confidence of the Department of Education and Skills in meeting the deadline of the 26th August that they have reduced the phasing of construction from 3 phases to 1 phase. This will see the construction of all classrooms and assembly hall before the school opens.

School Principal Mr Alan Mongey, says he is delighted with the decision and the building project will be a welcome boost for the local economy not just in Claregalway but the wider Galway area.

He also highlighted that the VEC intends to advertise for teaching staff in all subject areas in the coming weeks in addition to the advertised positions for caretaking and cleaning staff this week. He stated that there had been huge interest in teaching positions in the school from all parts of the country, with teachers even indicating that they are willing to leave permanent positions in order to gain a position in the school.

The initial meeting of the new board of management was held last week and the Board has commenced the preparation of the required school policies as well as other relevant governance issues. The board welcomes the faith shown in it by the local community who have enrolled 157 students to date.