With the support of our Board of Management and staff, Caitriona contacted all principals in the country and amassed a group of principals who felt the same. She recruited the help of the INTO and together they fought this inequality.
We are extremely proud that this hard work has paid off. Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan today announced that the 55 schools in Ireland with temporary recognition will be paid the Minor Works grant after all. This means an additional €8300 for our school this winter, which will go a long way toward bridging the funding gap suffered by us as well as by all schools.
A school must be open for 3 years and fulfil certain other criteria such as adequate enrolment numbers (which we have long surpassed!) in order to be awarded permanent recognition.
Today's announcement is the first time that such a reversal in funding allocation to permanent/temporary schools has taken place and is a wonderful precedent to have set.
We are very proud to have been part of this petition for equality for schools, which in turn means equality for all children. Well done to Caitriona and huge thanks to our Board of Management, our staff and the INTO for their support.
Read the Department of Education announcement here.