52 school building projects have been announced as part of the Government’s €579m school building programme.

Full list of school projects

Of these 25 major school building projects, which have planning permission, will move to tender and construction shortly.

A further 27 major projects that have not yet secured full planning permission have been authorised to prepare their tender documentation and they are expected to go to tender and construction this year and early 2011.

Minister for Education Batt O'Keeffe made the announcement this afternoon saying: 'The 52 projects I am moving to tender and construction will create more than 23,500 school places in 20 new schools and 32 extended and refurbished schools.'

Minister O'Keeffe said he was acutely conscious of the need for more school places after record birth rates in recent years.

Mr O'Keeffe said the investment this year again demonstrated 'the Government's desire to continue investing in the productive capacity of the economy, to create construction jobs and to provide schoolchildren and teachers with the best educational environment in which to learn and work’.