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Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 265. Cecilia Keaveney Information on Cecilia Keaveney Zoom on Cecilia Keaveney  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey  the position in relation to an application for a building project (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23346/02]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey My Department has an extensive primary school building programme under way at present, details of which are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie.

In view of the extensive nature of the current programme, my Department has no plans at present to initiate architectural planning for any further major building projects for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, the board of management of the school in question should use the devolved grant to deal with any urgent health and safety works.

 266. Mr. Grealish Information on Noel Grealish Zoom on Noel Grealish  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey  the position regarding extension and refurbishment work at St. James's national school, Bushpark, Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23347/02]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey Architectural planning for a building project at St. James's national school, Bushpark, Galway, is at an advanced stage.

Decisions on projects proceeding to tender and construction in 2003 will be taken in the light of the allocations for primary school buildings in the 2003 Estimates.

I will be announcing my expenditure proposals for school buildings in the new year. It is not possible at this point to say when construction will commence.

 267. Ms O. Mitchell Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey  if his Department will be including a school (details supplied) in Dublin 16 for grant funding for immediate and urgently required fencing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23348/02]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey The school authorities have recently submitted tenders for the work in question. I will not be in a position until the new year to indicate if funding will be available to allow it to proceed.

In the meantime, the board of management should use the devolved grant to deal with any urgent health and safety works.


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