More than 200 new school building projects will begin in Ireland over the next five years, in addition to 56 projects already announced this year.
A total of 106 new primary schools will be built, along with 65 ‘large-scale’ extensions, while 43 new secondary schools and 49 secondary extensions will also be built.
A further 8 schools will be built for special purposes with 4 receiving extensions. A total of 56 of the school building projects have already been announced for 2012.
Education minister Ruairí Quinn said: “We are prioritising investment in school buildings during these tougher economic times.
“This investment in major school building projects will create an estimated 15,000 direct and 3,000 indirect jobs over the period of the programme (an annual average of 3,000 direct and 600 indirect jobs). A total of (£1.25bn) €1.5bn will be spent on these 275 projects.
“This is very welcome news for the construction industry.”
Schools which have not been included in the plan, but which were announced for initial inclusion in the building programme will still progress to final planning stages in anticipation of further funding.
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