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Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 223. Mr. McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Michael Woods Zoom on Michael Woods  the status of the building project at Clara national school, County Kilkenny; if funding will now be allocated to the project; and a date set for commencement of the work involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3768/02]

Minister for Education and Science (Dr. Woods): Information on Michael Woods Zoom on Michael Woods The allocation for primary buildings in 2002 is €153.6 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates the Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in primary schools. This is almost four times the previous Government's investment in 1997.

Due to the greatly increased level of activity in the primary buildings area since the Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor building projects in construction and this has given rise to a record level of building and refurbishment activity.

Clara national school, County Kilkenny is being extended and refurbished as part of the Government's programme and is currently in architectural planning. The project will continue to the preparation of tender documents and the invitation of tenders, as soon as possible, under the expanded building programme.

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