Funding for Rath NS

Just one school in Laois has been given the go ahead to replace rented prefabs with permanent classrooms.

Just one school in Laois has been given the go ahead to replace rented prefabs with permanent classrooms.

Rath NS was the sole Laois school from a total of 77 schools given approval for an initiative to replace rented prefabs.

The schools listed can now proceed with construction of the new buildings.

“This round of funding will result in a total of 94 mainstream classrooms and 57 resource teaching/learning support rooms being built,” said Minister Ruairi Quinn.

Today’s announcement is valued at more than €14 million, and is part of a €35 million initiative aimed at replacing one third of all rented prefabs in 2012.

“Alongside the 77 schools who have been approved, the Department of Education and Skills is considering a further 110 schools in this scheme to replace prefabs.

Those schools are expected to be approved in coming weeks in the biggest ever initiative to replace rented prefabs in schools.”