Written answers

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

School Meals Programme

Photo of Alan FarrellAlan Farrell (Dublin Fingal, Fine Gael)
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42. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of children availing of hot school meals in Fingal, County Dublin; the number nationally; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48537/21]

Photo of Emer HigginsEmer Higgins (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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47. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of children availing of hot school meals in mid-west areas of Dublin; the number nationally; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48439/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 47 together.

The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food to some 1,506 schools and organisations benefitting 230,000 children. The objective of the programme is to provide regular, nutritious food to children who are unable, due to lack of good quality food, to take full advantage of the education provided to them. The programme is an important component of policies to encourage school attendance and extra educational achievement.

A budget of €65.1 million has been provided for the scheme in 2021.

As part of Budget 2019, funding was provided for a pilot scheme from September 2019, providing hot school meals in primary schools at a cost of €1m for 2019 and €2.5m in 2020. The pilot involved 37 schools benefitting 6,744 students for the 2019/2020 academic year and was aimed primarily at schools with no onsite cooking facilities.

In Budget 2021, I announced that an additional €5.5m would be provided to extend the provision of hot school meals to an additional 35,000 primary school children, currently receiving the cold lunch option.

The number of children availing of hot school meals in both the Fingal and mid-west areas of Dublin; in addition to the number nationally at the end of the 2020/2021 academic year is contained in the attached Tabular Statement. As the mid-west areas of Dublin fall between different Local Authority areas the figures for Dublin City and County are provided by Local Authority area.

Any request for additional funding for a hot school meals programme expansion for 2022 and beyond will need to be considered as part of the budgetary process.

I am committed to continuing to grow the hot school meals element of the school meals programme and building further on the significant extension announced as part of Budget 2021.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

The number of students in receipt of the Hot Meals Scheme 2020/2021 by County

School Name County Number



S.N. Naomh Fhiach Carlow 577 Carlow
Sn Naomh Feidhlim Boys Snr Sch Cavan 248 Cavan
St Clares Primary School Cavan 515 Cavan
Ballycar N S Clare 33 Clare
Annagh N S Clare 102 Clare
St Kevins N S Co. Dublin 200 Dun Laoghaire

/ Rathdown
Sundays Well G N S Cork 175 Cork City
S N Bun An Tsabhairne Cork 219 Cork County
St Matthias N S Cork 25 Cork County
Strawberry Hill B N S Cork 184 Cork City
Clogheen Mxd N S Cork 160 Cork City
Scoil Na Mbraithre Cork 224 Cork County
S N Bhreanndain C Cork 90 Cork City
Gaelscoil Mhachan Cork 145 Cork City
Scoil Aiseiri Chriost Cork 292 Cork City
Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin Cork 254 Cork City
Creeslough N S Donegal 25 Donegal
S N Domhnach Mor Donegal 43 Donegal
Sn Na Croise Naofa Donegal 39 Donegal
Killygordan N S Donegal 26 Donegal
Little Angels Spec Sch Donegal 71 Donegal
Scoil Cholmcille Donegal 130 Donegal
Scoil An Tstratha Mhóir Donegal 88 Donegal
Rathmullen N S Donegal 94 Donegal
S N An Droim Mor Donegal 224 Donegal
S N Glasain Donegal 25 Donegal
St Orans N S Donegal 207 Donegal
Clochar Padraig Naofa Donegal 129 Donegal
Scoil Roisin Donegal 57 Donegal
Sn An Leinbh Iosa Donegal 76 Donegal
Gleneely N S Donegal 66 Donegal
Scoil Mhuire Donegal 124 Donegal
S N Dhubhthaigh Donegal 109 Donegal
Scoil Chartha Naofa Donegal 104 Donegal
S N Naomh Cillin Dublin 34 South Dublin
S N Muire Gan Smal B Dublin 334 Dublin City
Muire Na Dea Coirle Girls Senior Dublin 135 Dublin City
Talbot Senior Ns Dublin 300 South Dublin
Scoil N An Croi Ro Naofa Dublin 275 South Dublin
An Chroi Ro Naofa Sois Dublin 303 South Dublin
St Thomas Senior N S Dublin 380 South Dublin
Sacred Heart N S Dublin 464 South Dublin
S N Seosamh Na Mbrathar Dublin 113 Dublin City
Scoil Eoin Dublin 126 Dublin City
St Philip The Apostle Junior N S Dublin 257 Fingal
St Francis Senior N S Dublin 212 Dublin City
Lady Of Good Counsel Boys Senior N S Dublin 159 Dublin City
St Ronans N S Dublin 412 South Dublin
Gaelscoil Phadraig Dublin 105 Dun Laoghaire

/ Rathdown
Belmayne Educate Together National School Dublin 437 Dublin City
St Laurence O'Toole's National School Dublin 154 Dublin City
Scoil Ui Chonaill Boys Seniors Dublin 1 176 Dublin City
Scoil Chaoimhin Dublin 1 52 Dublin City
Sn Naomh Feargal Boys Senior Dublin 11 157 Dublin City
Scoil Iosagain Boys Senior Dublin 12 81 Dublin City
St Philips Senior N S Dublin 15 297 Fingal
Ladyswell N S Dublin 15 520 Fingal
Darndale Ns Junior Dublin 17 200 Dublin City
Our Lady Immac Sen N S Dublin 17 203 Dublin City
Scoil Mhuire Dublin 18 327 Dun Laoghaire

/ Rathdown
City Quay Ns Dublin 2 159 Dublin City
Scoil Cnoc Mhuire Sin Dublin 24 185 South Dublin
Scoil Santain Dublin 24 319 South Dublin
St Thomas Junior N S Dublin 24 345 South Dublin
Scoil Chaitlin Maude Dublin 24 347 South Dublin
Holy Rosary Primary School Dublin 24 288 South Dublin
Scoil Bhreandain Dublin 5 163 Dublin City
S N Caitriona Naionain Dublin 5 222 Dublin City
Our Lady Of Consolation Ns Dublin 5 304 Dublin City
St Audoens Ns Dublin 8 190 Dublin City
St. James's Primary School Dublin 8 251 Dublin City
Goldenbridge Convent Dublin 8 235 Dublin City
S N Gort Na Gaoithe Galway 46 Galway County
Bushy Park N S Galway 365 Galway City
S N Naomh Treasa Galway 34 Galway County
St Josephs Special Sch Galway 65 Galway City
S N An Chroi Naofa Kerry 253 Kerry
Scoil Mhuire Kerry 53 Kerry
Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Pádraig Kildare 60 Kildare
Curragh Camp G N S Kildare 70 Kildare
Graig Na Manach Buac Kilkenny 75 Kilkenny
St Johns Infants N S Kilkenny 222 Kilkenny
Barr Na Sruthan N S Laois 61 Laois
Mohill N S Leitrim 204 Leitrim
Carrigallen N S Leitrim 150 Leitrim
Differeen N S Leitrim 39 Leitrim
Ballylanders N S Limerick 137 Limerick City

& County
Our Lady Of Lourdes N S Limerick 161 Limerick City

& County
St Johns Convent Limerick 274 Limerick City

& County
St Michaels Ns Limerick 123 Limerick City

& County
Scoil Iosagain Limerick 195 Limerick City

& County
Catherine Mc Auley Sp S Limerick 27 Limerick City

& County
Gaelscoil Sheoirse Limerick 89 Limerick City

& County
The Sacred Heart Primary N.S. Longford 199 Longford
S N Naomh Lorcan Louth 78 Louth
S N An Tslanaitheora B Louth 116 Louth
S N An Tslanaitheora C Louth 110 Louth
Barnatra N S Mayo 22 Mayo
S N Realt Na Mara Mayo 53 Mayo
S N An Tsraith Mayo 21 Mayo
S N Dhumha Thuama Mayo 25 Mayo
S N Achaidh An Ghlaisin Mayo 47 Mayo
Gaelscoil Na Gceithre Maol Mayo 125 Mayo
S N Cholmcille Monaghan 86 Monaghan
Scoil Naomh Padraig Monaghan 75 Monaghan
St Ciarans Mixed N S Offaly 125 Offaly
Scoil Mhuire Agus Chormaic Offaly 108 Offaly
S N Lasair Naofa Roscommon 24 Roscommon
Ballyforan Mixed N S Roscommon 59 Roscommon
St Annes Con N S Roscommon 121 Roscommon
Strabaggan N S Roscommon 23 Roscommon
St Edwards N S Sligo 129 Sligo
Holy Family School Sligo 160 Sligo
Scoil Na Mbraithre Tipperary 259 Tipperary
St Colmcilles Primary School Tipperary 100 Tipperary
S N Iosef Naofa Tipperary 190 Tipperary
Scoil Na Mbraithre Tipperary 191 Tipperary
Presentation Primary School Waterford 337 Waterford
Scoil Choill Mhic Thomaisin Waterford 136 Waterford
Ballynacargy Mixed N S Westmeath 55 Westmeath
St Brigids Spec Sch Westmeath 80 Westmeath
Eoin Naofa N S Westmeath 104 Westmeath
Gorey Central School Wexford 217 Wexford
S N Cul Greine Wexford 114 Wexford
S N Fionntain Wexford 173 Wexford
St Joseph's N.S. Wexford 84 Wexford
S N Mhuire Wexford 83 Wexford
St Aidans Parish School Wexford 850 Wexford
Bunscoil Ris Wexford 394 Wexford
Newtownmountkennedy Primary School Wicklow 343 Wicklow
S N Treasa Naomha Wicklow 70 Wicklow
St. Peter's Primary School Wicklow 167 Wicklow
St Coen's National School Wicklow 249 Wicklow
22,906 *

* The remaining pupils from the extension of the hot school meals to 35,000 pupils are commencing these meals in the 2021/2022 school year.


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