Clare T.D. and Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen said that primary schools in Clare are to benefit from funding to upgrade school buildings and improve facilities for students and teachers.
“€28.5 million is being made available by the Government for the payment of a Minor Works grant to primary schools around the country. Schools in Clare will be able to use this funding to improve the physical infrastructure of schools. They can also use the grant for the purchase of furniture, as well as PE and IT equipment.
“I’m very aware of the great work being done in schools across Clare and this funding will help Boards of Management and school principals in Clare to improve facilities and equipment for both pupils and teachers.
“The rates payable are €5,500 per school, plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil. Primary schools in Clare will be issued with the grants by 20th November 2015.
“I would also encourage schools in Clare to apply for the separate Summer Works Scheme. Nationally a total of €80 million is being made available for the scheme which covers 2016 and 2017.
“In my view it is vital that students and teachers in schools across Clare spend their days in an environment that is comfortable and conducive to study. Fine Gael is committed to funding improvement and upgrading works in schools across Clare to help improve the learning environment for students.
“The funding being made available under this scheme will allow schools in Clare to carry out small and medium scale building works that will improve and upgrade existing school buildings. The projects that can be covered under the scheme include gas, electrical and mechanical works, roof and window upgrades and structural improvements.
“It is up to schools in Clare to identify the most urgently required projects to be funded from the Summer Works Scheme. Each school can apply for one small scale project.
“This Summer Works Scheme is also welcome news for the local economy in Clare as it will support jobs in the construction sector and stimulate economic activity.”
Note for Editors: Full details on the schemes are available on the Department’s website at www.education.ie An SWS Helpline Freephone service will also be put in place to assist schools with any queries on the Scheme including completion of the application form.