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Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Wednesday, 27 March 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 551 No. 3

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 231. Mr. Connaughton Information on Paul Connaughton Zoom on Paul Connaughton  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Michael Woods Zoom on Michael Woods  the position regarding an application for a new school by Cahergal national school, Tuam, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10372/02]

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 accommodation in primary schools. This is almost four times the previous Government's investment in 1997. In view of 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.

A proposed building project for Cahergal national school, Tuam, County Galway will proceed to architectural planning and to the preparation of tender documents, as soon as possible, under the expanded building programme.

 232. Mr. Healy Information on Seamus Healy Zoom on Seamus Healy  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Michael Woods Zoom on Michael Woods  when he intends to approve the commencement of construction for the new school at Annacarty, County Tipperary. [10373/02]

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. In view of 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 building projects in construction and this has given rise to a record level of building and refurbishment activity.

A project to provide a new school building in Annacarty is included 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 invi[884] tation of tenders, as soon as possible, under the expanded building programme.


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