Mullan welcomes £60m education investment
Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Karen Mullan has welcomed an investment of up to £60 million across 25 schools announced today.
The Foyle MLA commented: “This is hugely welcome news for the 25 schools that have been successful in the School Enhancement Programme.
“This programme was established by then Sinn Féin Education Minister John O’Dowd to fund building and improvement works at schools in order to provide the best possible accommodation for pupils.
“Projects valued at between £500,000 and £4 million can be approved so it has made a massive difference to the schools estate over recent years. Today’s announcement means that 25 projects will now move through the business case, design and planning stages. These projects will attract a potential £60million investment which will greatly improve and expand the existing facilities in the schools.
“I am aware that not all schools that bid will have been successful. However, I would urge pupils, staff and wider communities not to be disheartened because today represents just the first tranche of projects and there is potential for more to be announced in the future.”
Notes to editors:
The schools proceeding are:
Carniny PS, Ballymena Chapel Road PS, Derry Greenhaw PS, Derry Holy Rosary PS, Belfast Killyleagh Controlled Integrated PS Lurgan Model PS Our Lady of Lourdes PS, Belfast Presentation PS, Portadown St John’s PS, Coalisland St Mary’s PS Jerrettspass, Newry St Mary’s PS, Strabane St Patrick’s PS, Crossmaglen
Post Primary schools
Coleraine GS Lurgan College St Joseph’s GS, Donaghmore St Kevin’s College, Lisnaskea St Malachy’s College, Belfast St Patrick’s GS, Armagh
Beechlawn School, Hillsborough Knockevin Special School, Downpatrick Longstone School, Dundonald Roddensvale School, Larne Sandelford Special School, Coleraine Sperrinview Special School, Dungannon Thornfield House School, Newtownabbey