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Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Education and Skills

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Photo of Donnchadh Ó LaoghaireDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein)
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399. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the funding provided in the minor works grant to schools in each of the years 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021, distinguished by primary, secondary and special school, in tabular form. [62708/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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A total of €280 million in Minor Works Grants and Enhanced Minor Works Grants has been allocated to schools between 2018 and 2021.

Under Project Ireland 2040 a commitment has been given that the Minor Works Grant will be paid in either December or January of the school year to all primary schools (includes special schools).

In 2018 and 2019 this amounted to circa €29 million each year.

In 2020, due to the exceptional circumstances arising from COVID-19 €30 millionwas paid under the Minor Works Grant to primary schools in the free scheme in July 2020.  There was also an additional funding of €75 millionunder the July Stimulus programme allocated to cover an enhanced Minor Works Grant at Primary and a once off Minor Works Grant at Post-Primary schools. Furthermore an additional €25 millionissued to Post Primary Schools and the standard Minor Works Grant €30 millionfor 2021/2022 issued in November 2020."

In 2021 a payment of a minor works grant totalling €45 millionfor primary schools and special schools as part of additional support in the context of Covid-19. Once-off Covid-19 minor works funding of €17 million was also announced for post-primary schools.

Year 2018 2019 2020 2021
Primary (includes Special Schools) 29m 29m 90m 45m
Post Primary n/a n/a 70m 17m
Total 29m 29m 160m 62m


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