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One and a half billion euro school building programme announced

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

rq image - Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.
Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.

This morning the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn TD, has announced a €1.5billion five-year school building programme which will see 106 new primary schools, 65 extensions to existing primary schools, 43 new schools and 49 large scale extensions, eight new special schools and extensions to four further special schools. The programme reflects the Programme for Government's commitment to prioritise school building projects in a revised national development plan.

The €1.5billion major schools capital investment in the five-year plan will provide approximately 15,000 direct and 3,000 indirect jobs over the period of the programme. The investment will result in over 11 per cent of the total school population benefiting from the new permanent places delivered during the period 2012 to 2016.

Speaking on Morning Ireland today Minister Quinn said the programme was driven by the increase in school numbers and the necessity to have the capacity to accommodate them. Minister Quinn also explained to deliver the projects on schedule, over 80 projects will be delivered by public private partnership (PPP), Vocational Education Committees, the Office of Public Works, the National Development Finance Agency as well as one local authority.

This announcement follows from recent news detailing €35million to be spent replacing pre-fabs in 200 schools this year (which you can read about on our blog here), as well as the patronage of the 20 new primary schools that will be created over the next few years (which you can read about here).

Details of the individual projects are available at the following links (links to Department of Education website:

2012 projects already on site

2012 projects to go to construction

2013 projects

2014-15 projects

2015-16 projects

Below you can find links to statements from various Labour Party representatives welcoming the announcement in their areas:

Deputy Michael McCarthy

Senator John Whelan

Deputy Gerald Nash

Deputy Derek Nolan

Minister Kathleen Lynch

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