Three Dublin West schools get funding to remove prefabs & build classrooms – Varadkar

Three Dublin West schools get funding to remove prefabs & build classrooms – Varadkar


Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport and local Fine Gael TD Leo Varadkar has welcomed grants for three schools in Dublin west to replace a number of prefabs and build new permanent classrooms.


The schools receiving the grants are Holy Family National School in Forest Fields, River Valley; St Francis Xavier National School in Coolmine, Castleknock; and St Philip the Apostle National School at Mountview, Clonsilla.


The grants are part of a €35 million initiative to replace prefabs at more than 200 schools across the country announced by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn. They are part of the Government’s €430 million education infrastructure plan for 2012.


“This is very welcome news for the three schools, and means that more pupils will be taught in permanent classrooms. The last Government relied far too heavily on prefabs, when it should have provided permanent school buildings. Although prefabs can sometimes be necessary in the short term, they also have considerable drawbacks.


“Prefabs are uncomfortable, difficult to heat or keep cool, and will never be a viable alternative to a permanent classroom. The new state-of-the-art classrooms proposed for the three schools represent a considerable saving, after many years of expensive rental.”


The Minister said this is a good example of limited resources being used effectively, where they are most needed, and will save taxpayers around €5 million a year by replacing prefab rentals with permanent facilities. It will also create around 700 new jobs.


Separately, the new five-year schools building programme will be announced in the coming weeks.


Date: 1. 3. 2012