The Minister of State with responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly, and Fine Gael Deputy Noel Coonan have welcomed the inclusion of 10 North Tipperary schools in the Summer Works Scheme funding announced by the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn.
“Ensuring that children learn in decent school buildings is one of the vital building blocks in a child’s education,” said Deputy Kelly, who said the funding will allow for vital gas, electrical and mechanical works, which will be carried out in the schools over the summer months, to keep disruption to a minimum.
As part of the announcement, Minister Quinn encouraged school authorities to achieve best value for money on prices for works to be carried out.
This was also welcomed by Deputy Kelly. “ I am confident that the successful schools will spend this money wisely and prudently. I look forward to working with the school authorities to ensure that they receive the promised funding” said the Minister.
Deputy Noel Coonan also said announcement is especially welcome in a time of unprecedented economic difficulty, and I hope this investment will lead to the creation of additional construction jobs in the locality,” said the Fine Gael TD.
“However, we will be making further representations on behalf of those schools that were not successful and have not been included to date under the scheme. This is a vital scheme for the maintenance and upkeep of schools and it is crucial that the Government maintains this initiative which covers projects in school buildings such as gas, electrical and mechanical works,” said Deputy Coonan.
The North Tipperary schools are: Borrisoleigh Boys’ National School; St Joseph’s National School, Ballingarry; Two-Mile Borris National School, Thurles; St Mary’s Junior Boys’ National School, Nenagh; Scoil Na mBraithre, Nenagh; Scoil Naisiunta Na Maighne, Thurles; St Anne’s Special School, Roscrea; St Joseph’s College, Borrisoleigh; Newport College; Slieveardagh National School, The Commons.