162 primary schools in Tipperary to benefit from Minor Works Grant scheme

The Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly, has confirmed that a total of €1,258,188 is being invested in schools in the county under the Minor Works Grant scheme.

The Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly, has confirmed that a total of €1,258,188 is being invested in schools in the county under the Minor Works Grant scheme.

Among the local schools that are to benefit include St Mary’s Convent Primary School, St Mary’s Junior Boys School and Boher National School.

Primary schools will receive payments in the coming days. This follows the Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan’s recent announcement that the nationwide grant would be paid in 2014.

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.

According to Minister Kelly: “There are 162 in Tipperary and in total they will benefit by €1,258,188. The works that can be undertaken with this investment include improvements to school buildings and grounds, improvement or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, and the purchase of IT related equipment.

“This grant is put to very good use by primary schools in Tipperary and across the country. Minister O’Sullivan has indicated her hope to use savings in her Department’s spending to fund a minor works grant next year also.”