Deputy Regina Doherty today welcomes the announcement of additions to the School Summer Works Programme 2011.
Earlier this year it was announced that the Summer Works programme funding would be confined to the categories of Gas, Electrical and Mechanical works; However with yesterday’s Jobs Initiative announcement came more positive news regarding the Programme. It was announced that a further €30 million is being made available to schools in Ireland to improve facilities for our children.
There are four additional categories that are to be included in the Works Programme 2011, these include projects to facilitate inclusion and access for special needs pupils, toilet facilities, roof works and window projects.
Doherty believes ‘This is great news for the schools in Ireland and moreover for the 15 schools in Meath that are to benefit from this funding.’
Another positive element to this announcement is that the responsibility for procurement of building & contractor services falls in the hands of the school authorities. This hopefully will mean that local business and contractors will benefit from the funding. Deputy Regina Doherty believes that this will have a positive domino effect.
‘There is no question that the pupils that attend the schools will benefit from this funding, whether they know it or not; but the fact that the school authorities have the discretion to put the project out to tender for local businesses to bid and benefit from is a really positive move. It means that the whole community can benefit.’
‘I would urge local contractors to keep their eyes and ears open for the possibility of bidding for a School Summer Works Programme contract’