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Summer Works Scheme is welcome but is no substitute for replacing prefabs with school buildings – O’Brien

7 November, 2013 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien welcomed the allocation of funding to the Minor Works Grant Scheme and the Summer Works Scheme to do small scale repairs to schools but said that this it should not be considered a substitute for proper investment in school buildings.
The Cork North Central TD said;
“This is a welcome move from the Minister for Education and it is something that Sinn Féin has called for so that schools can access funding for minor works such as getting new windows and repairing roof damage.
“However it is important to remember that schools will only be allowed to apply for funding for one small project so schools will be forced to choose between either getting those new windows or getting the heating repaired.
“According to information I have received in reply to a question I asked the Minister, there are over a thousand schools educating children in prefab buildings.
“The summer works project is not a substitute for actual investment in school buildings. Some of these prefabs are costing up to €150,000 a year to rent. It is a complete waste and abuse of tax payer’s money.
“I am asking the Minister to build on the investment in addressing small scale repair jobs for schools by funding proper school buildings where needed.”

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