Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement that local schools will undergo major improvement works over the summer months thanks to Government funding.
Fitzgerald said; “This local investment is part of an overall allocation of €47million for vital school projects around the country.
"The Summer Works Scheme will see mechanical, sanitation and roofing upgrades, to buildings in six schools in our area. Works will be carried out in six local schools over the summer months, so the disruption to students, teachers and other school staff will be kept to a minimum.
"The local schools that will benefit from the scheme include Talbot Senior NS Bawnogue, Deansrath Community College, Collinstown Community College, Colaiste Chillian in Clondalkin, Pobalscoil Iosolde in Palmerstown and Colaiste Phadraig in Lucan.
"I am pleased that Talbot SNS in Bawnogue, Colaiste Chillian in Clondalkin and Phobailscoil Iosolde in Palmerstown have been sanctioned for sanitation improvements. Furthmore Colaiste Phadraig in Lucan and Collinstown Community College in Clondalkin have being approved for roofing upgrade, whilst Deansrath Comm College has been approved for mechanical upgrades.
“I am confident that school authorities 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 colleague, Education Minister Richard Bruton.
“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.
“Today’s announcement confirms the Government’s continuing prioritisation of capital funding for local school buildings which will enhance the learning and working environment for pupils and teachers.”
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.