19 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard


THE formal signing of a contract on Monday afternoon by Co. Monaghan Vocational Education Committee with John Sisk and Sons, to mark the go-ahead with the building of the new €37 million education complex at the twenty-acre site of the former army base along the Armagh Road outside Monaghan town is seen as a milestone for education and art in the region.

With the inclusion of a new €3.3 million state-of-the-art theatre, replacing the existing Garage Theatre, the development will be the largest school building project to be undertaken in Ireland this year.
Following representations from local Oireachtas members and Co. Monaghan VEC, Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD gave the green light to the VEC to proceed to the next stage in the construction of the €35 million education campus, while Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD sanctioned the necessary funding for the theatre.
This is one of the first Dept of Education projects in the country where responsibility has been devolved to a VEC, and the Co Monaghan Committee will manage the provision of the new campus.
The campus will include new accommodation for a 16-classroom primary school (Gaelscoil Ultain), a 400-pupil post-primary school (Gaelcholáiste Oiriall) and a 700-student Monaghan Institute of Further Education (MIFET).
Despite the current financial constraints, the project includes provision for a fully modern theatre, which will be the new home of The Garage Theatre. MIFET will also use the theatre in its further education courses.
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