Minister Michael D’Arcy, TD for Wexford, has been pushing strongly for more housing and a third secondary school for Gorey as the town continues to expand and grow in population. Minister D’Arcy is optimistic as Wexford County Council purchased 75 acres of land at St Waleran’s House in Ballytegan, on the outskirts of Gorey, last year.
Speaking to WexfordToday.com Minister D’Arcy said; “I was instrumental in the purchase of this land by Wexford County Council. It is ideally located close to Gorey and will be a real game-changer for the area. We require more housing as our thriving town continues to grow.
“We will be building social housing, private housing and affordable housing on the site. This will give the opportunity for people from North Wexford buy a home in the area that they were born and reared in.
“It has now been agreed with consent given by the Department of Housing and the Environment that affordable housing is prioritised on site. What this means is properties will be available at a price that is within reach for those earning average incomes who are currently priced out of the private market.
“We can also build community and sporting facilities and municipal pitches, which can be used by everybody.”
“I believe that St Waleran’s is where we should build Gorey’s third secondary school, ensuring we have enough places in the future for children from primary to post-primary schools. This is extremely important for any expanding town like Gorey, particularly considering the recent difficulties faced with school places in our town’s two secondary schools. Thankfully this was rectified following negotiations I was involved in, but we need to look for a long-term solution and building Gorey’s third secondary school here is ideal and something that I am pushing strongly for.
“Due to the sheer size of the site, there is also the potential to build a Community Nursing Facility here to meet both Gorey and North Wexford’s needs.
“I look forward to working closely with Wexford County Council in supporting and securing the funding that will be required for the development of this site and to ensure that it is used to its full potential.”