• Pippa Hackett

Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyleix approved for major Energy Retrofit and Renovation



Following representations to Minister Norma Foley, I am delighted to receive the news that Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyleix has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Schools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder Programme for works to the original 1980’s blocks.


The school has been appealing for an upgrade of its facilities for some time.

3 adults are standing at the end of a corridor. One is pointing to the ceiling where there is a hole in the ceiling tiles.
Principal, Aidan McEvoy shows Minister Hackett some of the internal damage and mould.

I visited this school in July and the Principal Aidan McEvoy showed me the bad state of repair that the school was in. I am thrilled that this is being addressed and the school will benefit from a substantial energy upgrading, internal refurbishment works and renewable energy systems.


These works will provide a transformation to a modernised, sustainable low energy building for the future including renewable heating system, extensive insulation and external fabric upgrade, new LED lighting and solar Photovoltaic panels and air tightness works.


I commend the whole school team for their perseverance during a difficult time and wish them well with these upgrades. I believe it will also give a really great boost to the Green School team for many years to come.

Students told Minister Hackett of the problems with their school building.