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Lack of tenders within budget led to Kilcurry school upgrades delay

Edel Corrigan
Louth County councillor Edel Corigan and Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Kilcurry.

Ramps and crossing lights have been installed at Scoil Phádraig Naofa in Kilcurry – meaning children heading back to school today (Monday February 24) will return to a “much safer environment,” according to Sinn Féin’s Edel Corrigan.

The Dundalk Municipal District councillor welcomed the completion of work at the primary school – which has 301 enrolled pupils in this academic year – while explaining that a shortage of tender applications within the local authorities’ budget for the project was the reason for the delay in getting the work done.

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“The application for these safety measures was made and approved as far back as 2017,” Cllr Corrigan said in a statement. “It has been almost three years but this weekend sees the completion of the works and when the children return on Monday it will be a much safer environment around the outside of the school for them.”

The Sinn Féin representative said that Louth County Council had only received two tenders for the project, both of which were above the funding allocation. A delay then occurred as the council sought another quote in a second round of the tender process.

“There are now ramps which will slow traffic down and crossing lights which will make drivers more aware of schoolchildren crossing,” she continued.

“Anything that improves the safety of our children especially around school areas is to be welcomed. These works have been a long time coming but at long last they have been completed.”

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