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AN urgent appeal has been launched to encourage businesses to donate their used laptops for use in Irish schools.

Minister for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon (right) has backed the call by charity Camara Ireland for an increase in laptop donations in the coming months.

He made his plea after the charity said that it has recorded a surge in demand for its educational technology packages – but that it could not meet this demand.

"I would urge people to consider Camara for reuse of their laptops," Mr Cannon said.

"The package they provide makes an important impact in our schools, helping to provide young people with vital access to technology," the minister added.