Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the announcement that 25 schools in Tipperary are to receive funding under the 2014 Summer Works Scheme.
The €36m Department of Education and Science scheme provides for building maintenance and improvement works in 386 schools across every county in Ireland.
“I am delighted that 25 schools in Tipperary are to receive funding for building maintenance and improvement works under the 2014 Summer Works Scheme. The schools listed for grants include for example St John’s NS Roscrea, Convent of Mercy Newport, Clonmore NS, St Mary’s Convent Nenagh and Scoil Ailbhe Thurles,” said Deputy Coonan.
“The schools listed under the scheme can find instructions on how to tender for the funding using the Esinet Portal on the Department of Education and Skills website. A second round of funding is expected to be announced in the coming weeks and will cover other types of school building improvement works. Applications are currently being assessed for this second round of funding,” continued Deputy Coonan.
“The scheme is used by schools to improve and upgrade existing school buildings. The first round of funding will allow schools to carry out small and medium scale building works across three categories of projects - Gas, Electrical & Mechanical. In Tipperary, 25 schools are to receive funding from the scheme with 4,831 students to benefit from the works carried out.
“This scheme is also good for job creation, supporting 2,160 direct and 430 indirect local construction jobs across the country.
“In total almost €470m will be spent on school building infrastructure this year under the school building and modernisation programme. It is crucial that we continue to maintain and modernise our school buildings. Our children deserve the best possible environment in which to learn and flourish,” concluded Deputy Coonan.