Local school building projects now back on track

Emer Higgins Adamstown Community Centre

The delivery of 58 school building projects, including some local schools, is back on track following a temporary pause, a local TD has said. Deputy Emer Higgins, TD for Dublin Mid West has welcomed the news that funding has been secured to guarantee and support the rollout and continuation of the Department’s ambitious school building programme. Deputy Higgins said: “This pause to a number of school buildings was announced last month as a result of capital funding pressures.

“The Minister for Education, went to Pascal Donohoe with an ask of additional funding above the already approved budget, to provide for schools due new buildings and extension and I am delighted that the funding has now been secured to un-pause all of the impacted projects. “I have been working with Minister’s Donohoe and Foley on this matter to highlight the case of some local schools who have been impacted, and I’m pleased to say that this issue has now been resolved and additional funding has been approved for these projects.

“In many cases rising construction costs, meant that the approved funding no longer covered the cost of the project and the resulting pause was of particular concern for shovel-ready projects such as Holy Family Community School in my constituency in Rathcoole who were ready to break ground and at risk of losing their contractor due to the pause, so I’m massively relieved to have these projects back on track.

“Government is very committed to delivering an ambitious school building programme of new and modernised facilities in our school communities to provided better environments but also better inclusion for students with special educational needs and I know Ministers Paschal Donohoe, Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan have worked tirelessly in order to facilitate the delivery of these urgently required school building projects.

“Department officials will be individually contacting impacted schools to update them on their status and I am very much looking forward to seeing boots on the ground at school projects in my constituency in Dublin Mid West and right across the country,” Deputy Higgins Concluded.

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