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Sunday 22 September 2019

Omeath school picked for hot dinners project

Eavan, Fiadh, Saoirse and Rian Murphy at the Carlingford Library 20th anniversary celebrations
Eavan, Fiadh, Saoirse and Rian Murphy at the Carlingford Library 20th anniversary celebrations

Scoil Naomh Lorcan in Omeath is one of 36 primary schools around the country selected for a new hot school meals pilot project beginning in September.

The news that the school is being included in the pilot project has been welcomed by Cllr John McGahon.

'It's really important to note that families will not be asked for additional contributions towards these meals,' he pointed out.

"It is great to see North Louth involved in the pilot and I hope to see it rolled out nationally so that all school pupils will benefit.

In announcing the pilot scheme, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD said: 'A hot school meal is not just about nutrition but it also guarantees a better education. The research out there shows us that children who benefit from a daily nutritious hot dinner have greater focus and better learning outcomes.

'I would like to thank all the schools who applied for the pilot - we had an enthusiastic response. I am delighted to be extending this pilot to the 36 schools announced.

'They represent a good cross sample of schools and I look forward to the insights we gather from their experiences.'

She explained that each primary school participating in the pilot project will be expected to provide a menu choice of at least two different meals per day, plus a Vegetarian/Vegan choice and an option that caters for students' religious and cultural dietary requirements.

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