Primary schools in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim get minor works funding

More than 280 primary schools in the north west are to receive funding under the €29m Minor Works Grant Scheme.

176 of the schools are in Donegal, with 69 in Sligo and 37 in Leitrim.

All the primary schools will receive a flat rate grant of €5,500, plus €18:50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil.

The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50-pupil school.

The funding goes toward infrastructural improvements or for buying furniture and equipment for educational use, including IT-related equipment.

However, schools are being advised to use the grant in the first instance for fire-safety prevention works.