Minister Leo Varadkar, TD for Dublin West, has welcomed the inclusion of 4 Dublin 15 schools in the Department of Education’s Summer Works Scheme announced today by Minister Ruairí Quinn. This means that those 4 schools will be able to undertake vital improvements this summer. The schools that will be benefit from the scheme are:
• St Francis Xavier JNS, Roselawn which has been approved for works on its electrical facilities;
• Scoil Mhuire, Blakestown which has approved for works on its roof;
• Sacred Heart, Huntstown which has been approved for works on its roof; and
• Blakestown Community School which has been approved for works on its toilets.
This is the second round of this scheme with Castleknock Community College having been approved in March to carry out gas works at the school this summer.
Minister Varadkar welcomed this announcement saying: “Despite the difficult economic environment, this Government is continuing to prioritise investment in school buildings. We’ve a growing population and need to ensure that our young people and teachers are educated in safe, warm and appropriate facilities. Nowhere is this more true than Dublin 15, and this government has invested heavily in schools here. In the past few weeks for example, we have seen the opening of Scoil Bride Girls school, as well as an extensions to Scoil Choilm. I look forward to the opening of Scoil Bride Boys school in the coming weeks as well. Today’s news is also good news for the construction sector as it will support jobs over the summer. “
The SWS is an application based scheme, school authorities identify and decide on what project they regard as being a priority to address necessary and immediate works. Schools must then ensure that full and complete applications are submitted in accordance with the scheme.