Tuesday 28 March 2017

Schools to share €36m for summer works

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the scheme would provide a capital injection and boost job creation for the construction sector.
Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the scheme would provide a capital injection and boost job creation for the construction sector.
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

More than 500 schools are to share €36m to allow them carry out repairs and maintenance works over the summer.

The funding will allow 559 schools to do work such as window repair and replacement, upgrading of science and specialist rooms and external improvements, such as upgrading of school perimeter fences and walls.

At primary level, 446 schools will share €24m, while there are 113 projects at post-primary level.

The money is provided under what is known as the Summer Works Scheme, as the work is generally carried out when schools are closed, so disruption is kept to a minimum.

The funding brings to €108m the amount made available under the scheme since last year.

In 2014, more than €72m was approved for projects such as roof works, improving toilet facilities and gas and electrical works, which were prioritised for the first round of funding.

The schools covered in today's announcement had a longer wait, after being invited to submit applications in November 2013.

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan said the scheme would provide a capital injection and boost job creation for the construction sector.

The scheme is designed to fund small-scale works in schools most in need of resources.

At the height of cutbacks, the scheme was suspended for two years before being relaunched in November 2013

Irish Independent

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