Speaking after attending the launch of a new play area for children attending the school with Party colleague Cllr Henry Cushinan, the South Antrim MLA said:
“For an extended period now the future of Tannaghmore school has been in jeopardy. Significant work has been done to stabilise the situation and achieve sustainable enrolment. The Parents Association has been to the fore in these efforts.
“Tannaghmore Primary School constitutes an essential part of the community life in the greater Randalstown and Antrim area. The parents of children at the school, which delivers both an English and Irish medium education curriculum, and the adjoining Naíscoil, have been fully committed to the school.
“The fundraising and other efforts of the Parents Association have been absolutely exemplary. Their commitment to the school and most recent endeavours is evidenced in the launch of this new play area for all the children and additional recreational resources, funded by the National Lottery.
“I strongly commend their commitment to Tannaghmore school, and I welcome the financial support from the Lottery Fund which has delivered these very welcome facilities.
“In my view Tannaghmore school can have a sustainable future if this type of positive commitment to the school is shown by all stakeholders, and if the necessary innovative resolve is addressed to developing strategies which would guarantee the future education of the children, with an Irish medium component; the school facilities; and staff employment.
“I am calling for maximum support from all agencies with a responsibility for, and interest in Tannaghmore school, to work collectively to secure the future of this great rural school.
“The constructive focus of the Parents Association has set an example which I hope others will now embrace. A sustainable future can be developed for the Tannaghmore school community through a structured, creative engagement among all relevant stakeholders.”