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Examination of Figures in Audit office Report Show Unacceptable School Under-spend not Only Reduced but Stopped!

25 August, 2010 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson John O’ Dowd has said:

“An examination of the Audit Office figures show that the historical and unacceptable process of year on year under-spend by the Department of Education of funds set aside for much needed school builds has not only been reduced but stopped.

“In 2005/06 under Direct rule Ministers the under-spend was £43m , that figure has been reduced under the governorship of Minister Caitríona Ruane, in 09/10 to zero. The additional £13m given to new school builds this financial year is also targeted to be spent by the end of this financial year.

Concluding Mr O’ Dowd said:

“The years of under-spend were totally unacceptable that trend has now been stopped and the money set aside for school builds and maintenance is being spent on the frontline.

“If more new schools are to be built a further injection of cash will be required , the figures are there for examination, money given to build new school builds will now be spent on new school builds.” CRÍOCH

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