Saturday 23 February 2019

Improvement work funding for total of six local schools

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has announced that six local schools will undergo major improvement works over the summer months thanks to Government funding through the Summer Works Scheme.

Schools which will benefit from the scheme include: Balscadden National School, Corduff National School, Lusk, St. Colmcille's Girls National School, Swords, Mary Queen of Ireland National School, Toberburr, St. Helen's Senior National School, Pormarnock and Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan.

Deputy Farrell said: 'This announcement confirms the Government's continuing prioritisation of capital funding for school buildings here in Dublin Fingal, which will enhance the learning and working environment for pupils and teachers.

'My colleague the Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, has announced that 307 schools across the country will receive more than €40 million for Summer Works projects for delivery in 2019.

'Minister McHugh confirmed to me that six schools in the North County will receive funding for major improvement works.'

He said: 'It is great that this announcement is being made now in advance of next year, to give schools more time to prepare for the planned works.

'The works will be carried out in schools mainly over the summer months in order to keep disruption to students, teachers and other to a minimum.'

Deputy Farrell said that in addition, Minister McHugh had also announced a further round of the Summer Works Scheme, which will open for applications in early 2019 for projects to be delivered from summer 2020.

Announcing the funding, Minister for Education, Joe McHugh said: 'The Government's Project Ireland 2040 plan included a major package of investment in education for the next decade with the school building budget increasing by 70 per cent.

'This investment will provide for the continued increase in demographics, while also allowing for a greater focus on refurbishment and upgrading of existing schools.'

The Minister for Education added: 'All schools approved for the 2019 Summer Works Scheme will be notified via the Department's Esinet portal later today, with further details and instructions on how to proceed.

Minister McHugh concluded: 'This year, almost €540 million will be invested in school building infrastructure under the school building and modernisation programme.

Fingal Independent