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Matthews welcomes funding for six Wicklow primary schools under the 2021 Summer Works Scheme

Date: 7 December 2020

Green Party TD for Wicklow, Steven Matthews has welcomed the news that six Wicklow primary schools will receive support through the Summer Works Scheme which amounted to a total of €527,016, announced by the Government this week. Discussing the news Deputy Matthews said:

“The announcement of funding for these six schools this week was extremely welcome. The funding that has been allocated to deal with specific issues raised by school management that require significant funding to rectify. I have been contacted by several concerned parents and teachers to raise these issues and I am delighted to see the funding becoming available to rectify them.

“Schools across Wicklow have had an incredibly challenging 2020 but I hope that this funding can go some way towards assisting school principals and management with planning for a better 2021.

The schools in Wicklow that were awarded this funding were as follows:

  • St. Brigid’s National School, Kilbride - Roof Works

  • St. Laurence O’Toole National School, Roundwood - Roof Works

  • St. Joseph’s National School, Arklow - Roof Works

  • Scoil an Choroin Mhuire, Wicklow Town - Roof Works

  • St. Kevin’s Ballycoog National School, Avoca - Toilet Facilities

  • An Chroi Ro Naofa National School, Aughrim - Toilet Facilities

“It is my understanding that each school that has been awarded funding will be contacted shortly by the Department of Education to discuss the next steps and how to initiate the projects. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the people involved in making applications for this funding in the various school communities. One of the few positives that this pandemic has shown us is the resilience of our schools, the incredible work of teachers, parents and this can never be overlooked.

“Although the funding announced by the Department of Education wont completely negate the impact that the pandemic has had on these school communities, it’s very welcome to see this funding go to Wicklow, concluded Deputy Matthews.



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