Wednesday 24 January 2018

Louth schools set for summer boost

Funding announced for 13 Louth primary schools upgrades

Olivia Ryan

There was a welcome boost for thirteen Louth schools set to undergo major improvement works over the summer months, after funding was confirmed last week.

The 'summer works scheme' will see mechanical, sanitation and roofing upgrades to primary schools across the county.

The full list of schools includes:

Tallanstown N.S, Presentation Convent, Kilsaran N.S, Baile An Ghearlanaigh, Bellurgan N.S, Stonetown N.S, Dromiskin mixed N.S, Tullyallen N.S, SN San Nicolas, Castlebellingham, Monksland N.S, Faughart N.S, S.N Padraig, Drogheda, St.Josephs N.S Dundalk and Realt Na Mara Dundalk.

Louth TD Fergus O'Dowd made the announcement, saying:

This local investment is part of an overall allocation of €47million for vital school projects around the country.

'Works will be carried out in schools in Louth over the summer months, so the disruption to students, teachers and other school staff will be kept to a minimum.

"I am confident that school authorities here in Louth will be able to achieve best value for money on prices for jobs, and I call on schools to ensure that they maximise the benefit to their schools of the works sanctioned by my Fine Gael colleague, Education Minister Richard Bruton.'

He added: 'The Action Plan for Education, which aims to make the Irish education and training service the best in Europe within a decade, puts a big priority on investment in school educational infrastructure.

'This announcement confirms the Government's continuing prioritisation of capital funding for school buildings here in Louth which will enhance the learning and working environment for pupils and teachers.'

The Louth TD said the summer works scheme is designed to allow schools to carry out small and medium scale building works that will improve and upgrade existing school buildings.

Some 438 schools at both primary and secondary level around the country will receive €47 million for vital school improvements through the scheme.

This year, almost €500 million will be invested in school building infrastructure under the school building and modernisation programme.

Drogheda Independent

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