Cork South-Central TD Simon Coveney has welcomed the announcement of significant funding under the Summer Works Programme for 6 Cork schools.

The 6 – St Columbas, Our Lady Of Lourdes, Scoil Naomh Brid C, Coláiste Chríost Rí, Presentation Secondary School and Coláiste Daibhéid – had applied for the retrofitting of modern windows in their schools.

Simon Coveney said, “The granting of the applications clears the way for the renovations to place during the Summer holidays next year when it’ll cause the least hassle for teachers, students and parents.”

The 2019 Summer Works Programme will pump €40 million into school buildings across the country and is part of the €540 million that will be spent on new and existing schools this year.

Simon Coveney added, “Minister Joe McHugh has made these announcements earlier this year so that schools have a longer lead in time and can get more bang for their buck in shopping around for contractors.”

The Government’s Project Ireland 2040 plan includes a major package of investment in education for the next decade with the school building budget increasing by 70%.  This investment will provide for the continued increase in demographics while also allowing for a greater focus on refurbishment and upgrading of existing schools.  A total of 307 schools will learn of their funding today.