Kilkenny schools in funds boost

NINE primary schools in Kilkenny received a welcome boost last week, with capital development funding for building works announced by central Government.

NINE primary schools in Kilkenny received a welcome boost last week, with capital development funding for building works announced by central Government.

The money will be used to replace the pre-existing ‘prefab’ buildings with permanent structures at nine schools around the County. They are: St John’s Junior School, Lisdowney, Skeoughvosteen, Muckalee, Danesfort, Windgap, Strangemills (Kilmacow) and Gaelscoil Osrai in Loughboy.

St John’s Junior School, on Michael St in the city, currently has two pre-fabricated buildings for its pupils. Principal Mary O’ Neill welcomed the funding announcement.

“We are delighted to be on the list,” she said.

“We don’t have details yet, but it is good news.”

The Programme for Government contains a promise to reduce reliance on prefabricated buildings in schools. The grant aid for new permanent structures will also mean activity for the construction sector.

The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has greeted the announcement as an example of the Government’s commitment to education.

“A total of €35 million has been allocated nationally for this initiative in 2012,” he said.

“The Government’s investment in the School Building Programme this year, including the replacement of prefabs, will create an estimated 3,250 direct and 650 indirect jobs.”