29 December, 2007 - Minister Hanafin announces payment of the Minor Works Grant to Schools - 'Primary Schools are receiving over €27million this week'- Minister Hanafin

Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin T.D., today  announced the payment of the Minor Works Grant for 2007/2008 to primary schools. This means that a 100 pupil school will receive a grant of €7,350 and a 300 pupil school will receive over €11,000.

Announcing the grant, Minister Hanafin said "this investment in all primary schools with full recognition will facilitate minor works being carried out to school buildings throughout the country without the need to interact with the Department. The €27m is being distributed to primary schools throughout the country and schools can use the money to carry out minor maintenance or minor repairs."

Since 2000, over €160 million has been distributed to schools under this devolved grant scheme. Schools will benefit from an extra €27million to help them undertake small scale repairs. Investment in the School Building Programme will reach almost €600m in 2008.