Mayo TD Dara Calleary has today welcomed €2.41 million of funding to Mayo schools to improve ventilation, which will help tackle the spread of Covid-19.
Deputy Calleary said, “Good news for Mayo schools – they are allocated €2.41 million under the Minor Works Scheme. Every school in the county will be receiving funding that can be used for general maintenance and this year for the purchase and installation of air filtration systems.”
Minister for Education Norma Foley announced €62 million in minor works grants as part of additional pandemic-related supports.
The Government has been criticised on the issue of ventilation in schools. Experts have regularly said the matter has been largely overlooked in the State’s pandemic response.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald last week told the Dáil that there are children and staff who have been “freezing in classrooms” where windows are open “in an attempt to keep them safe” from catching Covid-19.
She said the rate of infection among school-aged children had “shot up” and that “it’s been clear for some time that Hepa filters have an important role to play in ensuring schools have clean air”.