Foster and O’Neill receive update on ambitious proposals for former school site

Date published: 10 June 2021

The First Minister and deputy First Minister visited Lisnaskea today for an update on plans for the former High School site.

First Minister Arlene Foster, deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill pictured pictured with Sorcha Murphy from Bunscoil an Traonaigh during their visit
First Minister Arlene Foster, deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill pictured pictured with Sorcha Murphy from Bunscoil an Traonaigh during their visit

The Ministers spoke with representatives of community, voluntary and statutory groups who are keen to see the site developed.

A number of proposals are being brought forward to transform the site including a health centre, Irish medium school Bunscoil an Traonaigh and a base for the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF).

The Ministers are pictured with health centre professionals Dr John Porteous, and Maria Nugent-Murphy
The Ministers are pictured with health centre professionals Dr John Porteous, and Maria Nugent-Murphy
First Minister Arlene Foster said:

“I welcome this opportunity to meet with representatives of various organisations to hear more about their intentions for the site.  

“The vision is for a range of community based services on a shared site. Visiting the site today, you can appreciate the scale of what is involved, and everyone’s determination to see it through.

“It is very exciting to see good partnership working within communities to make lives better for people. I very much look forward to seeing positive progress made on the options for this development.”

The deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said:

“The proposals to develop this significant site into a shared space are ambitious and transformational – in many ways they reflect the vibrancy of the local community and their determination to deliver improvements for people. They are laying down a challenge for us in government to match that energy in a scheme that involves departments across the Executive working in partnership with statutory organisations and local representatives.

“Today was about listening, understanding and acknowledging their efforts and vision. We all want to see this site developed in a spirit of collaboration and cooperation, and will continue to work towards that.”

The Ministers are pictured with Eric Brown and Kenny Donaldson from SEFF.
The Ministers are pictured with Eric Brown and Kenny Donaldson from SEFF.

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