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Over 56% of schools refused Department funding to carry out fire safety works - John Brady TD

21 September, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady has criticised the Department of Education & Skills for rejecting over half of all applications made by primary schools for funding to carry out fire safety works. 

On receiving a reply from Minister Bruton on the figures today, Teachta Brady said: 

“Over the past three years, sixty five applications for funding were submitted by primary schools across nineteen counties in this State. This funding was sought by schools solely for carrying out fire safety works. 

“It is extremely concerning that over half of all applications made for these crucial works have been rejected by the Department.

“In his reply to me, Minister Bruton assured me that his Department take the safety of children and teachers in schools “extremely seriously” however, these figures tell a very different story.

“It recently came to light that serious fire safety concerns were identified in five schools in the State and the Department appeared to be in no rush to remedy this. There should no outstanding fire safety concerns in any school, primary or secondary, in this State. 

“Schools are not applying to the Department for funding specifically to address fire safety concerns unless there are, in the first instance fire safety concerns. 

“This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by Minister Bruton immediately. The health and safety of all children and teachers must be paramount.”

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