Major extension for Breifne College approved

Initial project approval granted by Norma Foley, Minister for Education

The latest major extension of school facilities at Cavan Town's Breifne College has been confirmed.

The proposed development will see a significant investment in the school's special educational needs provision, as well as in arts and sciences.

Approval has been given by the Department of Education the progress plans for four additional general classrooms, seven SET rooms, two Classroom SEN base, three science lab and two prep rooms, two engineering rooms, two Tech rooms and two prep room, a graphics room, art room, textiles room, five project store and ancillary office space.

Initial project approval has been granted by Norma Foley, Minister for Education.

The move was welcomed by Cavan-Monaghan TD, Brendan Smith, who said: “This project will enhance considerably the level of permanent accommodation at the school and is needed due to increased enrolments at Breifne over the past number of years.”

He added: “I compliment the Cavan/Monaghan ETB and Breifne College on submitting this successful application. The growth in population in the Cavan Town area has led to a substantial increase in enrolments.”

His government colleague, Deputy Niamh Smyth, also warmly welcomed the news of additional accommodation for Breifne College.

"This is further evidence of the government’s and Minister Foley’s commitment to provide modern facilities for generations to come," she said.

"This development reflects the party’s proud tradition and record in education and the nurturing of all students within post primary education," added Deputy Smyth.

She also complimented the "foresight and persistence" of John Kearney, chief executive, CMETB; board members; principal John Crotty and staff for their respective roles in progressing this development.

"It is a wonderful endorsement of the quality teaching and learning that is occurring within Breifne College," she said.

John Kearney, CEO, CMETB, also expressed his delight:

“This multi-million capital investment is fantastic news for Breifne College and Cavan Town, coming into line completely with CMETB’s ambition of delivering world-class education facilities for the Cavan- Monaghan region. This announcement follows on from the excellent Leaving Certificate results this year and reaffirms CMETB and Breifne College’s focus on STEAM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths is rightful recognition of the excellent teaching and learning occurring at the school.”

Cllr Carmel Brady, chairperson of Breifne College and deputy chairperson of CMETB, also welcomed the news. "I am delighted with the news of this funding announcement for Breifne College which will serve to further strengthen the outstanding teaching and learning underway in the college."