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For Oral Answer on : 25/11/2021
Question Number(s): 28,89,102 Question Reference(s): 57546/21, 57476/21, 58009/21
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: David Stanton T.D., Colm Burke T.D., Jennifer Murnane O’Connor T.D.


* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the details of plans for the extension of the hot school meals programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

– David Stanton T.D.

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 25 November, 2021.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection her plans to extend the hot school meals programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

– Colm Burke T.D.

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 25 November, 2021.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of the implementation of the hot school meal programme; her plans to extend the programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

– Jennifer Murnane O’Connor T.D.

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 25 November, 2021.


The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food to some 1,506 schools and organisations benefitting 230,000 children.  The objective of the programme is to provide regular, nutritious food to children who are unable, due to lack of good quality food, to take full advantage of the education provided to them.  The programme is an important component of policies to encourage school attendance and extra educational achievement.

A budget of €65.1 million has been provided for the scheme in 2021.

As part of Budget 2019, funding was provided for a pilot scheme from September 2019, providing hot school meals in primary schools at a cost of €1m for 2019 and €2.5m in 2020.  The pilot involved 37 schools benefitting 6,744 students for the 2019/2020 academic year and was aimed primarily at schools with no onsite cooking facilities.  

Budget 2021 provided an additional €5.5m to extend the provision of hot school meals to an additional 35,000 primary school children, currently receiving the cold lunch option.  Invitations for expressions of interest were issued to 705 primary schools (612 DEIS and 93 non-DEIS) in November 2020.  A total of 281 (256 DEIS and 25 non-DEIS) expressions of interest were received in respect of 52,148 children.

The 35,000 places were allocated to each local authority area based on the number of children applied by local authority as a percentage of the total number.  A minimum of one School for each Local Authority area was selected.  Thereafter, a process of random selection was used for each area.

Budget 2022 is providing for the hot school meals to be extended from January 2022 to the 81 DEIS schools that submitted an expression of interest but were not selected in the extension to 35,000.

A list of the 81 schools is contained in the attached tabular statement.

I am committed to continuing to grow the hot school meals element of the school meals programme and building further on the significant extension announced as part of Budget 2022.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Tabular Statement: The 81 DEIS Schools being invited to participate in the Hot Meals Scheme from January 2022

   Identifier     Organisation Name     County  
01356UKilnaleck Mixed National SchoolCAVAN              
03220FMercy Primary SchoolOFFALY            
03633HScoil Náisiúnta Bhantiarna LourdesWEXFORD            
03928DMullach National SchoolCLARE              
04809AScoil An Aingil ChoimheadaiDONEGAL            
05348STahilla Community National SchoolKERRY              
05513HCastlepollard Mixed National SchoolWESTMEATH          
06959GClonroche National SchoolWexford
06998QSt Patrick’s National SchoolCavan
08143PS N MhuireCAVAN                
08221JSt Senans National SchoolWexford
09932BStanhope St ConventDUBLIN 7          
11470BSlieveardagh National SchoolTIPPERARY          
11986NConvent Of MercyWEXFORD            
13271FFairgreen National SchoolCAVAN              
13611DPresentation Primary SchoolDUBLIN            
13696OSt Vincent’s Convent National SchoolCORK              
14704PMurroe National SchoolDonegal
14873PDookinella National SchoolMAYO              
15027ES N Na HeaglaiseGALWAY            
15253NSt Patricks Girls National SchoolDublin 4
15362SS N Michil NaofaTIPPERARY          
16054MSt Patricks National SchoolDONEGAL              
16108JScoil Naomh Treasa CDONEGAL            
16202BCastleblayney Convent National SchoolMONAGHAN          
16713DScoil Na MbraithreLimerick
16836TNaomh BridhidDONEGAL            
16880WScoil Naomh ColmchilleDonegal
17105IMuire Gan Smal CCork
17356KMuire Na Dea Coirle InfDUBLIN 12          
17498HS N Naomh SheosamhTipperary
17606HNaomh Micheal N SWestmeath
17665AS N Gleann GuailTIPPERARY            
17737WOur Lady Queen Of Peace SchoolLimerick
17743RNaomh Muire National SchoolWESTMEATH          
18086MDunfanaghy National SchoolDonegal
18343GS N ChaoimhghinTIPPERARY          
18371LScoil MhuireDONEGAL            
18406ES N Phroinsiais NaofaOFFALY            
18414DS N Gleann BeitheKERRY              
18605KScoil Naomh Padraig BoysDONEGAL            
18737EScoil BhrideDONEGAL            
18786RScoil IosagainCORK              
18968ASt Malachys B N SDUBLIN 5          
19352MSc Nais Realta Na MaraWEXFORD            
19438WScoil Colmcille SeniorCo. Dublin
19515OSn Naomh TreasaDublin
19577NScoil IosaDUBLIN 24          
19582GTallaght C N SDublin
19605PScoil Nais Mhuire SoisDublin 15
19642VSt Peter Apostle Sen National SchoolDublin
19662ESt Michaels National SchoolDUBLIN 10          
19663GSt Raphaels National SchoolDUBLIN 10          
19694RScoil Mhuire SinDUBLIN 15          
19743ESt Bernadettes Junior National SchoolDublin 22
19747MScoil Bhride National SchoolLAOIS              
19764MOur Lady Of Wayside National SchoolDUBLIN 12          
19785USt Bernadettes Senior National SchoolDublin 22
19809IAbbeycarton National SchoolROSCOMMON          
19830WCorpus Christi National SchoolLIMERICK          
19840CHoly Family SchoolCo. Dublin
19909MGaelscoil Peig SayersCORK              
19929SSt Brigids Senior GirlsDUBLIN 11          
19933JScoil Treasa NaofaDublin 8
19935NScoil EoinDublin 5
19946SRutland National SchoolDUBLIN 1          
19977GBandon Boys National SchoolCork
20036JNorth Presentation Primary SchoolCORK              
20091RSt Peters National SchoolDUBLIN            
20124GSt Marys National SchoolLONGFORD          
20163QS N Eoin BaisteLOUTH              
20173TSt Annes Primary SchoolDUBLIN   24          
20219RSt Pauls B N SWATERFORD          
20220CGaelscoil Ui EarcainDublin
20275EScoil ÍosaMAYO              
20295KCarlow Educate Together National SchoolCARLOW            
20303GLucan East Educate Together National SchoolDUBLIN            
20389TScoil Maria AssumptaCork
20405OSt Mary’s National SchoolLimerick
20467NSt Ailbe’s National SchoolTipperary
20468PSt Dominic’s National SchoolDublin