Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, is pleased with confirmation that six schools in Dublin Fingal will receive investment to carry out essential works as part of the Summer Works Programme.
“I am pleased that the Department of Education has included St. Marnock’s School, Portmarnock, Loreto College, Swords, Scoil Moibhi and Scoil Réalt Na Mara in Skerries, Rush National School, Mary Queen of Ireland National School, Toberburr, and St. Mary’s National School, Garristown in the final part of the current Summer Works Programme.
“St. Marnock’s School, Loreto College, Swords, Scoil Moibhi, Scoil Réalt Na Mara, Mary Queen of Ireland National School, and St. Mary’s National School, will receive investment to carry out works on their windows while Rush National School is to receive funding for an external environment project. The majority of the works carried out under this scheme are completed during the summer months in order to minimise the disruption to students, teachers and other school staff.
“As our economy continues to recover, it is of the utmost importance that we invest in upgrading our school infrastructure and provide new school facilities in areas where they are needed. Investment such as this is essential to make sure that our current school facilities receive all the necessary maintenance in order to ensure that our children receive their education in an environment which is conducive to their learning.
“In addition to this, we must also ensure that additional accommodation is provided to schools in areas where they are facing a capacity crisis. The Minister for Education and Skills has previously indicated to me that, once the Department has finished analysing demographic data to determine where additional accommodation is required most, measures will be taken to provide this accommodation. Many parents throughout the North County will be aware of the capacity crisis facing many schools in the constituency, particularly those in Malahide and Swords.
“I will continue to engage with the Minister for Education and Skills, and her Department, to ensure that the concerns of parents in Dublin Fingal are heard and that our children, and schools, receive the support and investment they require.”