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February 12, 2009

School Funding Boost for North Kildare

Kildare North Fianna Fail TD, Áine Brady has welcomed the news that five schools in north Kildare are to receive a funding boost for extensions and reurbishments.

“Scoil Náisiúnta Áine Naofa in Ard Cloc and Scoil Ui Fhiaich in Maynooth will each get a new 16 classroom school. Scoil Bhride in Naas will get a major 8 classroom extension plus ancillary accommodation and Scoil Choca Naofa in Kilcock will get an 11 classroom extension, a general purpose room, other ancillary accommodation and refurbishment of existing accommodation.”

“I am delighted that these schools will benefit from this investment as these are schools that I have brought to the attention of the Minister for Education, Batt O Keeffe and his predecessor.”

“The amounts of funding available to the schools will not be published in a bid to keep the tendering project as competitive as possible. In these current economic times it is vital that we achieve the best value for money possible.”

“Over the last number of years the population of north Kildare has grown considerably, especially the numbers of young families. It is vital that we give these children the best start possible and the provision of high quality education is vital.”

“I know that the extensions and refurbishments of these schools will make a huge difference to pupils and teachers and enhance their learning environment.”

“I am confident that the work will progress quickly and we will all see the benefits of this investment shortly. Officials from the Department of Education will be in touch with the schools to advise them on the next steps to take.”

“I understand from the Minister that details regarding the Summer Works Scheme and a new plan to improve energy efficiency in schools will be announced shortly.”

“I know that there are other schools that are hopeful of receiving funding also including St. Mary’s National School in Maynooth and Straffan National School who both require extensions and I will continue to be in contact with the Minister O Keeffe about these schools,” concluded Deputy Brady.