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26/01/2022

€65m Approved For School Improvements

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Funding of €65 million has been approved for 497 projects under the 2022 Summer Works Scheme in Ireland.

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD made the announcement.

Minister Foley said: "I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022.

"School communities have done an exceptional job in adapting to the changes required to operate safely in a Covid-19 environment. A key priority is to continue to support and sustain the operation of schools in this context. I am particularly pleased that the cohort of projects announced today include window improvement/replacement projects in schools which will assist in managing ventilation in these schools.

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"Other projects includes investment in science labs, electrical and mechanical works and I am particularly pleased that today’s announcement also includes repairs and improvements to external yards and play areas.

"The provision of fun and engaging outside play areas is equally important in helping our students and young learners engage with each other in a Covid-19 environment."

The projects announced include:

• 307 projects at primary level involving mechanical works (89 schools), electrical works (65 schools), window projects (89 schools) and external yards/play areas (64 schools)

• 190 projects at post-primary level involving roof works (81 schools), mechanical works (34 schools), electrical works (12 schools), window projects (35 schools), science labs (23 schools) and yards/play areas (5 schools).

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