Four locally based schools have been given the green light to carry out small and medium-scale improvement works over the summer months, writes Liam Cosgrove.
Two north Longford based national schools, namely St Patrick's, Ballinamuck and its namesake in nearby Moyne occupy one half of the Longford funding stream.
The other two main beneficiaries are St Mel's and Ballymahon Vocational School.
Local Fine Gael TD Peter Burke said the announcement was especially timely.
"I am very happy that 4 schools in Longford have been authorised for the summer works scheme," he said.
"This will mean substantial mechanical, roofing and plumbing works will get underway over the summer.
"The Minister has awarded a substantial figure this year for the summer works scheme, I understand it is over €46 million."
Local Cllr Colm Murray and chair of Ballymahon Vocational School said he too was especially pleased to learn of the news.
"I very much welcome the announcement as we have been working closely with Deputy Burke to get these projects the required funding," he said.
They were sentiments Roscommon/Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy was equally keen to underline.
“Many of these schools have been seeking this necessary funding for some time now and the announcement of this latest round two of funding for Summer Works Scheme is positive news for schools,” he said.
“Many of the works are around roofing or mechanical works or upgrading existing toilet facilities and it will go some way towards improving the quality of life for students and teachers and it’s an important investment.”