School Improvements Announced for Seven Dublin South Schools

Summer Works Scheme 2014I warmly welcome the announcement by The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., that seven schools in Dublin South will be able to undertake school improvements this summer.

Seven local schools will receive money to improve and upgrade existing school buildings.  This first round of funding will allow these schools to carry out small and medium scale building works across three categories of projects - Gas, Electrical & Mechanical.

The successful schools in securing funding under the Summer Works Scheme are St. Olaf’s National School in Dundrum, St Patrick’s Girls National School in Ballyroan, Our Lady’s Girls (Na Maighdine Muire) National School in Ballinteer, the Divine Word National School in Marlay Grange, the Queen of Angels Primary School in Wedgewood, Rathfarnham Parish National School and Oatlands College in Mount Merrion.

Approximately 2,800 pupils in Dublin South will benefit from these improvements making their schools a better environment to learn in.

These works will be carried out in schools over the summer months, when the pupils and teachers are on holidays, so the disruption to schooling will be kept to a minimum.

This Government is committed to investing in our schools and ensuring that despite economic constraints, young people can learn in safe and secure buildings. The Summer Works Scheme also acts as an important boost to the local economy, through the creation of jobs in the construction industry.

Almost €36 million is being provided by the Department of Education and Skills under the first round of funding for the Summer Works Scheme 2014.

A second round of the scheme is expected to be announced in coming weeks.