Minister Costello Welcomes the Replacement of Prefabs at St. John Bosco’s schools
10 June 2013
Joe Costello TD, the Minister for Trade and Development, has welcomed the announcement that both St. John Bosco’s Junior Boys School and St. John Bosco’s Senior Boys School on the Navan Road are to benefit from the Prefab Replacement Scheme.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, has today announced the nationwide €15 million prefab replacement scheme for 2013/14, under which prefabs in schools are replaced with permanent classrooms.
Costello stated that "It is welcome news that both St. John Bosco’s Junior Boys School and Senior Boys School are to get permanent classrooms to replace prefabs. Under this national scheme, 46 schools, with 115 prefab units, are to be offered grants for the provision of permanent structures."
“The replacement of prefabs will help ensure that the standard of students’ surroundings will match the excellent quality of teaching already provided by the schools’ teachers. Furthermore, considering the rent paid down through the years for the temporary prefabs, significant savings will also be made.”
Savings of almost €7 million per annum on prefab rental will be achieved under the 2012/13 and 2013/14 initiatives, and today’s announcement will also result in the creation of an estimated 300 direct and 60 indirect jobs.
This welcome news follows the announcement last week that the long-awaited replacement building for St. Laurence O’Toole Special School has been given the green light by Minister Quinn. The replacement building for St. Laurence O’Toole Special School is part of the announcement of an extra €100 million investment in 28 major school building projects as part of the Government’s "Investing in Infrastructure & Jobs" Package.