Sixteen Offaly Schools are set to benefit from the summer works scheme which sees a €36 million investment in 559 schools across the country.
Among the schools to benefit will be St Ciarans Mixed NS, SN Mhuire Bainrioghan, SN Muire Bainrion, SN Naomh Philomena, Arden BNS, Daingean NS, St Brendans Monastery, SN Naomh Eoin, Scoil Mhuire, St Colmans NS, Scoil Mhuire Agus Chormaic, SN Naomh Brighde Buach, Ard Scoil Chiarain Naofa, St Mary’s Secondary School and St Brendan’s CS.
Speaking after the announcement of the works, Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy commented, “Improvements to school buildings will make a big difference in ensuring Offaly pupils are comfortable and safe while at school. This is great news for children, parents and teachers rights across Offaly. The funding is to be used for improvements to the external environment of the schools, structural improvements, window repairs and curricular requirements.
She continued, “It is important that we invest in our children’s education and this means looking after their environment as well as the curriculum. Children should be learning in surroundings that are comfortable, safe and fit for purpose. “Injecting capital such as this into our school system also allows for greater job creation locally as we see the works on the schools get underway. The construction sector in Offaly was very badly hit during the recession so the Summer Works Scheme for schools is no doubt very welcome for local builders.
“In 2015, the Department of Education will invest more than €450 million in school infrastructure. I am delighted we are taking the opportunity presented by the economic recovery to invest in our children’s education and welfare.”