21 January 2019
Strangford MLA Peter Weir has welcomed the announcement of £40million investment in 16 schools across Northern Ireland. The schools have been successful through the latest tranche of the School Enhancement Programme.
The DUP MLA said, “This announcement is obviously very welcome news for the schools which have been successful in their bids to the School Enhancement Programme. There is a real need for investment in the fabric of our schools as well as the other running costs which are currently under severe pressure.
It was the recognition of the needs facing our education system which meant the DUP secured extra funding for education from Westminster. The pressures facing our schools are also why all parties should have the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland as a top priority. The DUP wants to see devolution restored immediately but we will also continue to ensure that Northern Ireland’s voice is heard at Westminster.
Today’s announcement will benefit schools from all sectors and across all parts of Northern Ireland. It would be best for our pupils, teachers and schools if in the future such announcements could be guided by a Minister, working with Executive colleagues to ensure that the real priorities of our society are being addressed. However, it is right that Sinn Fein’s boycott of devolved government should not prevent or hold up important announcements such as this.”