Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal Alan Farrell has said that “a total €15 million has been allocated by Government to replace 156 prefabs nationwide with permanent accommodation. This initiative will benefit some 3,300 pupils across the country and comes on the back of the 2012 allocation which saw in excess of 458 prefabs replaced.
“The Department of education school building unit will be writing to 46 schools covered under the 2013 programme in the coming days offering grant aid for replacement of rented prefabs. This initiative will replace 37 resource rooms and 119 mainstream classrooms with permanent accommodation which will cater for over 3,300 pupils. In Dublin Fingal, this initiative will benefit St. Patrick’s Junior National School & Holmpatrick National School in Skerries & St. Oliver Plunkett National School in Balrothery.
“The Department of Education, under this government has successfully used the resources of the department to achieve considerable savings versus renting prefabs across the Country.
“It is anticipated that further rental savings of €2m per annum will be achieved as a result of this most recent prefab replacement scheme. This is in addition to the estimated €5m per year savings which will be achieved as a result of the 2012 prefab replacement scheme.
“The annual rental bill for prefabs was almost €30m each year when this Government took office. Between the 2012 and 2013 prefab replacement schemes, this amount will be reduced by almost 25%. The Programme for Government contains a commitment to reduce the reliance on rented prefabs in schools and this second initiative builds on the success of the previous scheme. The new initiative will result in the creation of an estimated 300 direct and 60 indirect jobs in the coming years but more importantly, will benefit a huge number of students.