12 September, 2013 - Minister Quinn Opens New School Building at Summerhill College, Sligo
€12.5 million project funding provided by the Department
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, today opened a new school building for Summerhill College, Sligo. This new building, which replaces the existing school, received €12.5 million in capital funding from the Department.
It will cater for 900 students and includes state-of-the-art facilities including four science labs, two woodwork rooms, two metalwork rooms, computer rooms and a multimedia room, a full-sized gym and fitness suite, and an art room.
An autism unit within the school has two classes, and there are plans to expand this provision in the future.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister noted the school’s long history and role at the centre of life in Sligo since 1880.
“This school is an excellent example of how to respond to the needs of students of all abilities within a community” Minister Quinn said. “With this new, fit-for-purpose building, current and future students will be able to benefit even further from the dedication of the teaching and auxiliary staff here.
“Not only that, but the whole community will be able to make use of various elements of the new facilities, as the College continues to be vital part of the Sligo.”
The Minister thanked everyone who worked so hard to complete the project and wished them every success for the future.