127 Wexford schools to benefit from new school funds - Howlin
Issued : Thursday 7 November, 2013
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin has today welcomed news that Wexford schools are set to benefit from the renewal of the Minor Works and Summer Works Scheme. Totalling a fund of €68 million, both schemes will play an integral role in upgrading the infrastructure of our schools.
“€40 million of this funding falls under the Summer Works Scheme 2014, which will provide funds to improve the standards in existing school buildings. Each school is invited to apply for one project, and I would urge all 127 of Wexford’s primary and secondary schools to identify the most necessary issue and apply before the December 10th deadline.
“In tandem with the government’s commitment to help the construction sector, the Summer Works Scheme will create up to 2,400 direct and 480 indirect construction jobs in the local economy.
“Additionally by the end of November, a fund of €28 million will be made available as a once-off payment to all primary schools as part of the Minor Works Grant scheme, including Wexford’s 105 primary schools.
“Crucially this funding has not been available since 2011, and it is a credit to Minister Ruairi Quinn, that this necessary funding has been secured.”
Brendan Howlin TDThe Labour PartyParty Leader and Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Northern Ireland