School projects get €50m boost
ANOTHER 28 school building projects are getting the go-ahead thanks to a €50m investment under the Government's new package.
The 28 schools are in addition to 275 major school building projects already announced in March 2012.
The investment will see 18 primary schools and 10 post-primary schools replaced or refurbished for the benefit of over 12,000 pupils. The Department of Education's total investment in the new projects will come to €100m, with the balance coming from the existing €2.2bn five-year school building budget.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said that, despite economic difficulties, the need to replace inadequate educational infrastructure remained.
The Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) welcomed the announcement as good news for the schools concerned.