April 16, 2021
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Kilkenny and Carlow education body gets €435,000 funding boost

Kilkenny and Carlow Education & Training Board (KCETB) will  get an additional €435,000 in funding this year.

The extra funding for the two counties is part of a national ETB investment of €8 million in Devolved Capital Allocation for improvement works for Further Education and Training (FET) provision.

Local Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan said: “This additional investment will be provided via SOLAS for the delivery of small-scale and necessary infrastructure and improvement works, and for the purchase of equipment.

“Under this funding programme, ETBs will be in a position to make decisions around small-scale FET investment priorities locally, and to ensure that projects can be advanced quickly and efficiently. This is great news for both Kilkenny and Carlow.

“The grant also allows ETBs like the highly-regarded Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board an opportunity to consider future accommodation needs and to procure professional expertise to conduct condition surveys of existing buildings, with a view to a strategic approach to estate planning and development.}

“In addition, funding has been provided for the introduction of an emergency health and safety works programme and further detail will be announced in the coming days,” Deputy Phelan (pictured below) added.

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said: “The funding of €8 million represents a 45% increase on the 2020 Devolved Capital Allocation and is a direct response to the significant needs of the sector.”

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