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30 million euro investment in 405 schools announced

A new climate action focus for the Summer Works Scheme is also announced with schools asked to plan for electric vehicle charging points.

Education Minister Joe McHugh described the focus for the scheme as upgrading and improving life safety systems as well as new surfaces on play areas and car parks (Niall Carson/PA)
Education Minister Joe McHugh described the focus for the scheme as upgrading and improving life safety systems as well as new surfaces on play areas and car parks (Niall Carson/PA)

By Rebecca Black, PA

A 30 million euro package for more than 400 schools across Ireland has been announced.

The funding has been allocated to carry out specialist improvements.

The Summer Works Scheme also includes a new climate action focus with schools allocated funding asked to plan for electric vehicle charging points.

Education Minister Joe McHugh described the focus for the scheme as upgrading and improving life safety systems such as fire alarms and detection and emergency lighting, as well as new surfaces on play areas and car parks.

The climate action element of next year’s summer works is a sensible plan for the future Joe McHugh

“In total 405 primary and post-primary schools will benefit from the Summer Works Scheme – that’s more than a tenth of all the schools in the country in one go,” he said.

Meanwhile the climate action initiative will see schools who receive funding for car parking and play areas required to identify a point for electric vehicle charging.

“The climate action element of next year’s summer works is a sensible plan for the future,” Mr McHugh said.

“More and more electric charging points are coming on stream and it is symbolic that schools will be demonstrating how important initiatives like this are.

“The work will be carried out in schools mainly over the summer months, so the disruption to students, teachers and other staff will be kept to a minimum.”

All schools approved for the 2020 Summer Works Scheme are being notified by the Department with further details and instructions on how to proceed.

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