Teachers welcome latest round of funding for schools

The Irish National Teachers Organisation is welcoming today's announcement of the second round of approvals under Schools Summer Works Scheme.

Some 386 projects were included in the first round, which has a budget of almost €36m, for essential improvements including gas, electrical and mechanical upgrades.

The second round, being announced today by the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn will cover other types of improvements.

"Quite obviously we're coming out of very, very serious difficulties in terms of austerity," said INTO president Sean McMahon.

"Any money going into primary education and going into our schools is very, very welcome.

"Our question of course, our challenge might be that that we might feel that it isn't sufficient to deal with all the difficulties we're facing.

"However, it's vitally important to schools to get this type of investment on an ongoing basis."

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