Moira Primary School
Primary one pupils pictured with School
Principal Mrs Carol Mairs as the School
announced the opening of their Nursery.
US1408-116A0 Picture By: Aidan O'Reilly
THERE were celebrations at Moira Primary after Education
Minister Caitriona Ruane gave the the school's long awaited
Making the announcement on Wednesday, Ms Ruane said: "I
believe in giving our children the best possible start as
learners. Effective pre-school education helps the development
of children and improves their social and communication skills,
all of which is vital to helping them achieve."
School Principal Mrs Carol Mairs said everyone at the school
was delighted with the news.
"We have been waiting on this development for a long time and
we are absolutely thrilled for the whole community of Moira" she
said. "There has been an underprovision of preschool places in
the area so we are delighted now be able to address that.
"We have been waiting for a long time and we are pleased that
work will finally be able to start on Moira Primary School's new
Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson, who met with the Minister
this week, said the announcement was a successful outcome to a
long and hard fought campaign.
"This is something that I and the Board of Governors have
been fighting for for a number of years now and I am pleased
that our efforts have now been rewarded with this positive
Mr Donaldson went on to thank everyone who had supported the
campaign, including parents, school staff and the wider
"Moira is a growing area with a young population and there
was a crying need for a nursery unit at the school," he
continued. "Hopefully now things will proceed according to plan
and the children of Moira will be able to benefit from this new
facility in the near future."
Lisburn Councillor Jim Dillon also welcomed the announcement.
"We are very appreciative of all the hard work everyone has done
to achieve this outcome."