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Tipperary Schools Progress in 2010-12 Capital Programme

Ursuline Convent Thurles, Co Tipp

The Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, today [Tuesday] announced details of 52 school building projects which can now go to tender and construction as part of the Government’s €579 million school building programme.

Five North Tipperary schools are named, which had been earlier sanctioned to further progress their building work.

The schools named are Ursuline Convent, Thurles, – Nenagh VEC, – Borrisokane College, – Presentation Convent, Thurles and the Sacred Heart Primary School in Roscrea.

Borrisokane will also receive funds for a ‘Special Needs Autism Unit’. This unit is designed to compliment as a second level outlet to the recently announced special needs unit in Puckane National School.

Last year, over 32 large-scale projects in primary and post-primary schools were completed.

The Government’s capital programme for schools and colleges this year are forecast to create 7,300 jobs in the construction industry. (Well that’s according to the Minister for Education and Science.)

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‘Last year 967 schools benefited from small-scale projects undertaken under the Summer Works Scheme, while 1,700 schools received the go-ahead to carry out works under the Energy Efficiency Scheme,’ said Minister O’Keeffe.

These projects nationally are expected to create 23,000 new school places for children, through the building of 20 new schools and extensions.

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