Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has welcomed the provision of €28 million in funding for the Minor Works Grant which he described as good news for Clare’s Primary Schools.
“The provision of €28 million in funding for the Minor Works Grant which has been announced by the Education & Skills Minister, Jan O’Sullivan is a very welcome development.
This funding will assist Primary schools in Clare in the upkeep of their physical infrastructure and facilitate them to carry out essential maintenance and repair work
“The works that can be undertaken include improvements to school buildings and grounds and the repair of mechanical and electrical services. The money can also go towards the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, and the purchase of IT related equipment.
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.
The Department will issue the Minor Works Grant next week to all schools at a rate of roughly €6,000 to €12,000 depending on the school size, and its restoration will come as welcome relief for many teachers and Boards of Management in our Primary Schools.
The return of the Minor Works Grant coupled with the Summer Works Scheme indicates this Government’s commitment to investing in education even during this time of budgetary constraints. And it also comes as a timely boost for the various trades people and construction workers who will be engaged to undertake this work.