A long-awaited extension for Glór na Mara National School in Tramore has been given the green light.
The current school, which has 433 pupils, has been spread across two buildings on opposite sides of a road, since the amalgamation of the Star of the Sea and Edmund Rice schools back in 2000.
The badly needed extension will allow the school to exist on the former Star of the Sea site.
The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has issued the formal approval to the school authorities to start shortlisting building contractors.
Senator Paudie Coffey described the development as “a significant step forward”.
“Glór na Mara National School Tramore is one of the largest primary schools in the county and has long needed a substantial building extension to cater for the educational needs of the ever-growing school student population. I was delighted to assist the Principal and the school authorities, by directly engaging with the Minister for Education on their behalf to ensure that the building project received formal approval to short-list building contractors.”