Varadkar urges Dublin West schools to apply for €70M improvement schemes

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Local TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has urged schools in Dublin West to apply for the €70 million made available this week under the school Minor Works and Summer Works Schemes.

“The Government is making €70 million available this week for two school improvement schemes. Dublin West is already something of a school building site with all the new high quality school buildings underway, and I urge local schools to apply for these schemes.

“Dublin West has a growing population, and its school-going population is increasing all the time.

“This new funding shows that the Government has prioritised school investment. It shows that even in tough times, real progress can be made.”

School building projects planned or underway in Dublin West are:

• New school buildings are completed or under construction at Luttrellstown Community College, Scoil Bhride in Blanchardstown and the second phase to Scoil Cholim Porterstown. A new sports hall and extension for St Brigid’s National School in Castleknock was opened earlier this year;
• A new Gaelscoil in Tyrrelstown, Gaelscoil An Chuilinn, was opened earlier this year, and it will move into a permanent building in 2015/16;
• Work is underway on a new primary school in Hansfield;
• The new ceilings, sound-proofing and extension of Mary Mother of Hope National School in Littlepace is underway, and an all-weather pitch and flood lights co-funded by the Department of Education and Fingal County Council will also be provided on the campus which they share with Erin go Brath GAA and the Castaheany Community Centre;
• Planning permission has been granted for the first Educate Together Secondary School in Hansfield;
• The long-awaited sports hall and extension for Castleknock Community College has gone to tender;
• Pupils at John Bosco National School on the Navan Road and Scoil Mhuire Junior National School in Blakestown will be able to move out of prefabs and into new classrooms thanks to a new Government scheme.

Further information about the scheme

Over €28 million is being made available as a once-off payment to primary schools as part of the Minor Works Grant scheme. Another €40 million will be allocated under the Summer Works Scheme 2014 which is being re-introduced to fund the improvement and upgrading of existing school buildings.

The Minor Works Grant will be paid to primary schools in the coming weeks and will enable schools to undertake small scale repair works without the need to interact with the Department.

Funding from the Summer Works Scheme will allow schools to carry out small and medium scale building works such as gas, electrical and mechanical works, roof and window upgrades, structural improvements, and works that will improve and upgrade existing school buildings.

It is up to schools to identify the most urgently required projects to be funded from the Summer Works Scheme. Each school can apply for one small scale project and will be responsible for the completion of those works.

Schools can apply for these grants online using the Esinet portal. A Freephone service is also available to assist schools with queries. It can be contacted at 1800 200 955 daily from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm from 7th November to 10th December 2013.

Full details on the Summer Works Scheme are available at http://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Re-use-of-Public-Sector-Information/Library/PR13_11_05_file.pdf