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November 23, 2009

Local primary schools to be funded under minor work scheme

Kildare South Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghail has welcomed the confirmation that 103 primary schools across Kildare are to receive grant funding this week to carry out small-scale structural and mechanical works.

The funding was announced by his colleague, the Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, this morning. More than 3,200 primary schools are to get grant payments across the country in the €28 million scheme.

“Each primary school in Kildare will receive a grant of €5,500. There is also a payment of €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per student with special needs.”

“So, for example, a 50-pupil school will get €6,425.”

“The annual grant for all primary schools allows them to carry out minor works on school buildings without needing to deal directly with the Department.”

“The funds must be spent on the physical infrastructure of the school or on items of furniture and equipment for educational use including information technology-related equipment.”

“This is further proof of the Government’s commitment to investing in our schools and in our young people and I know that schools in south Kildare will put the funding to good use,” concluded Deputy Ó Feargháil.

Works covered include improvements to school buildings and grounds, improvements to or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture, physical education equipment, floor coverings, window blinds and information technology-related equipment.