The site of the former Lisnsakea High School has been ear marked for major redevelopment with a new health care facility, the relocation of Bunscoil an Traonaigh and the development for part of the site for community use.

The news comes after DUP leader and Lisnsakea native, Arlene Foster, held a meeting with the Permanent Secretaries of the Department of Health (DoH), Department of Communities (DfC) and Department of Education.

Speaking after the meeting Mrs. Foster said:

“I was encouraged at the progress around the site. In particular, I am pleased that the Department of Health are working towards a new 21st century Health Service Clinic. This new clinic is much needed and will be warmly welcomed by the wider South East Fermanagh community. I will keep pushing Government to deliver this new clinic in a timely fashion.”

The Impartial Reporter contacted the three government departments about the development of the site, with a DoH spokesperson stating: “The delivery of the Lisnaskea Health and Care Centre remains a high priority for DoH. Capital funding has been prioritised and the department remains ready and willing to make progress on this health centre once the business case is approved.”

A spokesperson for the DfC revealed the totality of the plans for the site.

“There has been intensive engagement in recent months between the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department for Communities in relation to the vacated Lisnaskea High School site. These discussions have included plans for the development of a new Health Care facility, the relocation of Bunscoil an Traonaigh and proposals from the South East Fermanagh Foundation to develop part of the site for community use.”

Bunscoil an Traonaigh have long sought a new site for the school and have ear-marked the former home of Lisnsakea High School as a potential location.

In relation to the relocation of the school a spokesperson for the Department of Education said: “The Permanent Secretary had a positive and constructive meeting with his Permanent Secretary colleagues and Arlene Foster. A portion of the former Lisnaskea High School site has been identified for use by the Irish medium primary school and the Department will continue to work with the other relevant Government Departments in the relation to the remainder of the site.”