New info shows 38 schools in Clare in dire need of repair – BREEN

July 7th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has revealed Department of Education information which contains the list of all schools in Clare which require building works.

“The scale of the building problems facing County Clare is chronic. It is beyond belief that the Government would highlight an issue and then do nothing about it. Our children are our greatest resource and educating them to a high standard in proper schooling environment is one the keys to the country’s economic recovery. That the Government fail to realise this is further testament to their lack of vision on Ireland’s future.

“This year the Irish taxpayer will cough up over €700,000 to provide prefabs in seven of our Schools in this County alone. This is dead money and could be put too much better use by providing permanent building for our children instead.”

“Schools in Clare are stuck on a list going nowhere as the Department and the Minister refuse to free up funds to get the building work done. We are all aware of the hole in the public finances but this information once again highlights the chronic problems plaguing the school buildings programme.

“Nationally, this information shows that almost one-third of all schools (32%) in the country, both primary and post-primary, now have a building application before the Department. In many cases these applications date back over 10 or 15 years.

“For too long the School Building Programme has been used as a re-election slush fund for Fianna Fáil. The Government needs to urgently do some long term planning for schools in Clare and put our children’s education first.”