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Taoiseach & Ministers Announce €11.9 billion Investment in Education

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister Richard Bruton, Minister of State, Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State, John Halligan at Coláiste Ghlór na Mara, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan today announced a major package of investment in education under Project Ireland 2040, the government’s €116 billion investment and development plan for the next decade.

This major investment will underpin the implementation of the Action Plan for Education, led by Minister Bruton, which is the government’s plan to make the Irish education and training service the best in Europe by 2026.

Announcing this further investment under the Project Ireland 2040, an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said,

I am particularly pleased that we’ll be investing in PE halls – modernising old ones and building new ones – to ensure all post primary students can use state of the art PE facilities. This will be especially important as we phase in PE as a Leaving Cert exam subject. Education doesn’t just drive economic success, it’s also crucial to giving everyone the opportunity to fulfil their full potential, in all parts of the country.

Announcing this major investment in education, Minister Bruton said,

Education is the engine behind strong regional growth, which is pivotal rebalancing growth as envisioned by the Project Ireland 2040. It is central to this government’s central objective, which is to provide for a strong economy and a fair society. The investment under the Project Ireland 2040 will have a transformative impact on our education system and take us further along our journey, to becoming the best in Europe.

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