Meath, Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow to get new schools

They are being built under the Public Private Partnership Programme

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Five new schools and a college have been announced that will cater for more than 4500 students in four different counties.

The schools will cost €90 million and are being built under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme.

Wexford Town and Kells in county Meath will both get new secondary schools, while there will be a primary and secondary school in Bray, and a secondary school and Institute of Further Education in Carlow.

The new facilities will be managed by private companies and are due to open in 2017 and 2018.

The Education and Skills Minister Richard Bruton said it is a "very welcomed investment in education".

He also believes that PPP offers good value for money.

"The NTMA ensures on behalf of the tax payer that this is as good as value as we could get.

"We're able to build sooner, than if we were totally reliant on the exchequer for funding, and we get a state of the art building."