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Only 65% of secondary schools across state operate School Book Rental Scheme – Nolan

22 September, 2016


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills Teachta Carol Nolan has called on the Minister for Education Richard Bruton to address the cost of school books in this year’s budget after it has emerged that over one third of all secondary schools across the state do not operate a school book rental scheme.

Teachta Nolan was commenting on figures released by the Department of Education and Skills which give a county breakdown of the number of schools that operate the school book rental scheme.

Teachta Nolan said:

“We have seen from recent surveys carried out by Barnardos and the Irish League of Credit Unions that the cost of school books remains one of the significant costs of sending children back to school.

“Figures released by the Department of Education show clearly that there is an uneven spread of school book rental schemes in secondary schools across the state.

“For example in Dublin, just 37% of secondary schools operate a book rental scheme while 100% of secondary schools in Leitrim do so.

“Sinn Féin has called for an increase of 30% in the School Books Grant at an approximate cost of €5 million in order to make affordable school books more accessible to students.” ENDS

Note to Editors: See PQ response to Deputy Nolan below:


Uimhir:504

Ceist Pharlaiminte

Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number and percentage of 
schools per county that avail of funding to provide a School Book Rental 
Scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Carol Nolan.



* For WRITTEN answer on Friday, 16th September, 2016.
Reference Number: 26210/16

Freagra

Minister Richard Bruton
My Department provides funding to schools to support the operation of school 
book rental schemes.

The most recent figures available at primary level indicate that 95% of primary 
schools operate a book rental scheme. 

The most recent figures available at second level indicate that 65% of second 
level schools operate book rental schemes.

The attached document gives a breakdown of the number and percentage of primary 
and post-primary schools per county that provide a School Book Rental Scheme.

Schools by County that have Book Rental Scheme

Primary Schools

County

Schools with book rental

% of schools within county with
Book Rental

Carlow

44

100%

Cavan

72

95%

Clare

108

95%

Cork

341

95%

Donegal

166

94%

Dublin

441

89%

Galway

224

94%

Kerry

127

94%

Kildare

99

94%

Kilkenny

74

95%

Laois

63

94%

Leitrim

38

100%

Limerick

135

94%

Longford

37

97%

Louth

73

97%

Mayo

161

96%

Meath

108

92%

Monaghan

60

97%

Offaly

65

96%

Roscommon

86

93%

Sligo

66

96%

Tipperary

150

94%

Waterford

74

96%

Westmeath

73

95%

Wexford

102

96%

Wicklow

82

95%


Post-Primary Schools

County

Schools
with book rental

% of schools within county with
Book Rental

Carlow

10

91%

Cavan

9

75%

Clare

11

61%

Cork

53

60%

Donegal

20

74%

Dublin

71

37%

Galway

42

67%

Kerry

21

81%

Kildare

11

41%

Kilkenny

8

50%

Laois

6

67%

Leitrim

7

100%

Limerick

13

48%

Longford

7

78%

Louth

12

63%

Mayo

18

67%

Meath

17

77%

Monaghan

11

85%

Offaly

10

91%

Roscommon

3

38%

Sligo

9

64%

Tipperary

23

74%

Waterford

7

39%

Westmeath

12

80%

Wexford

13

59%

Wicklow

12

52%

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