Department of Education confirm Harold's Cross Greyhound Stadium to be turned into new primary and secondary schools

The site closed its gates last year after it had accumulated €20 million in debts.

The old Harold's Cross Greyhound Stadium will be turned into a new primary and secondary school, it has been confirmed.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton today signed off on the site's sale to the department, which will be welcomed by many parents in the area.

The new schools are expected to accommodate about 400 primary and 1,000 secondary school pupils, and will serve the Dublin 6 and Dublin 6W areas.

There had been calls for the site to be developed into a co-educational post-primary school since its closure last year.

The project will cost about €23 million, with the primary school expected to open in 2019.

It is hoped that the secondary school will be open by 2020.

Speaking about the sale, Mr Bruton said he was "very happy" with the move and confirmed that almost 20,000 new and replacement school spaces had been created since 2010.

He said: “We are now creating more school places than at any other period in the history of the State. In 2010, some 9,000 school places were created.

"In 2017, we built approximately 18,800 new and replacement places.

"I’m very happy that my Department has secured the Harold’s Cross site which will house two new schools for the South Dublin area, providing schooling for in excess of 1,400 pupils."

Last year, The Irish Greyhound Board made the "regrettable" decision the close the site with no notice after it accumulated €20 million in debt.

The historic stadium had been hosting races every Tuesday and Friday night since it opened in 1928.

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