28 November 2014

Minister Fitzgerald welcomes Government investment of €28m in Minor Works grant for National Schools

Planting a daffodil with St Lorcan's boys
Local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice & Equality, has warmly welcomed the Government’s provision of €28m in funding for primary schools in 2014. The Minor Works Grant will issue to all primary schools with permanent recognition next week. The €28m fund is focused on improving the physical infrastructure of schools and investment in equipment and furniture.

She said:

“This will be a vitally important grant for local schools in our area. To give just one example: last Friday (November 28th) I had the pleasure of visiting St Lorcan’s School in Palmerstown for a fundraiser coffee morning. The school - under the capable stewardship of Acting Principal Ken Keogan – has been fundraising to provide much-needed renovation of the toilets and storage areas at the rear of the school hall.

“This grant will allow them to complete these important work faster than anticipated, improving the environment of students, parents, and indeed parishioners of Palmerstown, as Mass is regularly held in the hall.

“The rates payable are €5,500 per school plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil. The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and more than €11,000 for a 300 pupil school.

“The Minor Works Grant is an important funding injection for primary schools and my Government colleagues and I are pleased to be able to provide the funding this year.  The funding is put to very effective use by schools, as they understand precisely what changes and works are required to optimise their school environment.

“The Government’s ability to make this type of critical investment is only possible due to the improving economic situation. If growth rates continue at their current rate, it is hoped to make similar investments for the 2016 school year.

“I commend the teachers and parents of St Lorcan’s for their brilliant fundraising work and community spirit, and will continue to work closely with them in the coming months. I also look forward to seeing the improvements and enhancements other schools in the area will put this welcome funding towards”.

With St Lorcan's Acting Principal Ken Keogan  and local businessman Luke Moriarty