In 1998 Coláiste Iognáid submitted its plans for new classrooms, and last September the Department of Education announced that it was one of 25 projects which would get the go-ahead in 2008 or 2009 (they claim to have set aside €900 million for capital expenditure on schools). Since then Board members have twice travelled to the Building Unit in Tullamore looking for action, only to be asked for more statistics and costings. These have now been prepared. There have been some changes since the original plans, and there is divergence of views about what proportion of the costs the Department would carry. John Humphreys’ present hope is for a go-ahead by the end of the school year in June. He is not holding his breath.