Minister announces €5.7 million in funding to Dublin primary and special schools

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

The minister for Education has announced that €5.7 million in minor works funding has been paid to primary and special schools in Dublin.

This funding enables schools to have the autonomy to maintain or to make small-scale improvements to school buildings and grounds.

Minor works funding may also be used for the improvement or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, the purchase of floor coverings and window blinds and the purchase of IT related equipment.

The department’s Planning and Building Unit is currently finalising updated guidance for schools in relation to good practice arrangements for maintenance of school buildings, which will be available in an online interactive format.

Arrangements are now being made for the early payment of these grants.

“Given that each school setting is different, individual schools are best placed to decide how best to use this funding to address their particular needs. In this respect the minor works grant funding provides good flexibility to address issues at local school level,” said Minister Norma Foley.

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