Summer works to benefit 37 Westmeath schools

Some 37 Westmeath schools are to benefit from small and medium scale building works this summer under a €122 million investment announced on Monday by the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan.

The Summer Works Scheme covers projects in school buildings such as gas, electrical, and mechanical works, roof replacements and repairs, window replacement, toilet upgrades, structural improvements, and access works.

Projects which are to be carried out on school buildings in the Athlone area include electrical works at St Peter’s NS and external environment works at SN Phoil Naofa.

Both St Aloysius College and St Josephs College, Summerhill will benefit from improvements to roofing.

A record total of €122 million towards building improvements in 1,480 primary and secondary schools was announced under this year’s Summer Works Scheme, which it is believed will generate work for over 4,400 people during the summer period.

Tanaiste Mary Coughlan said the investment showed that the Government remains committed to “significant capital investment in key areas”.

“Education is a priority and this record level of investment in improving our schools’ infrastructure will not only improve the learning environment for thousands of students, but it will also stimulate economic activity by generating work for trades people across the country,” she added.

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