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€35 million initiative to replace rented prefabs announced

Posted on March 01, 2012 at 04:09 PM

Today the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn TD, announced the biggest ever initiative taken to replace rented prefabs in schools.

Grants are to be offered to almost 200 schools to build permanent accommodation this year. This represents over a third of the schools who currently rent prefabs and a total of €35m has been allocated for this initiative this year.
Minister Quinn said the Government is determined to tackle this issue.

"It is hard to believe that at the height of the economic boom the previous Government had a policy of renting prefabs in schools. The result of this policy is that we have a legacy of rented prefabs in schools around the country," the Minister said.

As a result of this initiative an estimated 700 direct and 140 indirect jobs will be created with savings of approximately €5m per annum.

The announcement has been welcomed by Meath East TD, Deputy Dominic Hannigan who said that huge difficulties arose in Meath East during the Celtic Tiger when 'hundreds and indeed thousands of new houses were built in some areas but the classrooms needed by the children living in those homes did not materialise'.

Deputy Ciara Conway also welcomed the initiative which will bring new buildings to 7 schools in Waterford, while Senator Susan O'Keeffe said: "I welcome the Minister's decision to bring about the biggest ever project to move children from prefabs to permanent structures and I am delighted that Minister Quinn included schools in Sligo and Leitrim."

The Minister's full statement can be read in our media centre.

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