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Quinn gives €35 million to schools so they can have nicer toilets and roofs

In total, 386 schools all across the country will receive the funding.

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MINISTER FOR EDUCATION Ruairí Quinn has announced that 386 schools across every county in the country will be able to undertake school improvements this summer as his department is providing almost €35 million in funding.

The funding is being given under the Summer Works Scheme which aims to upgrade toilets and roofs in primary and secondary schools nationwide. It follows a previous announcement that the same number of schools would also receive funding to undertake gas, electrical and mechanical works. 280 of the schools which will benefit from this round of funding are primary schools while 106 are post-primary.

Speaking today at Rathgar National School in Dublin, which will get funding to upgrade their toilet facilities this summer, Quinn said the government wants to ensure that “all of our children are safe, warm and secure in their schools”.

He said it is also a welcome boost for the construction sector as it will support jobs in the communities in which the schools are situated. It is estimated that 4,200 direct and 840 indirect construction jobs will be supported as a result of the scheme.

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