Three Kilkenny schools secure funding for new buildings

Three national schools in Kilkenny have been given the green light to replace rented prefabs with permanent classrooms, following a funding boost announced on Monday.

Three national schools in Kilkenny have been given the green light to replace rented prefabs with permanent classrooms, following a funding boost announced on Monday.

St Michael’s National School in Danesfort, Skeaghvasteen National School and Lisdowney National School will all benefit from the funding, and can now proceed with the construction of the new buildings. The three are among 77 schools around the country that will benefit from a €14 million allocation, as part of an initiative to replace rented prefabs with permanent accommodation.

This round of funding will result in a total of 94 mainstream classrooms and 57 resource teaching/learning support rooms being built nationwide.

Alongside the 77 schools that have been approved, the Department of Education and Skills is considering a further 110 schools in this scheme to replace prefabs. Those schools are expected to be approved in coming weeks in the biggest ever initiative to replace rented prefabs in schools.

“Too many of our children and young people spend their school days in rented prefabs,” said Minister Quinn.

“I am delighted that we are now making progress on our Programme for Government commitment to phase out the inefficient renting of prefabs.”

The scheme will also create an estimated 700 direct and 140 indirect jobs - a welcome boost for the construction industry. It will result in savings of approximately €5 million per annum on the rental of prefabs in these schools in coming years.