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Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 17.  Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if a school (details supplied) in Dublin 7, a DEIS band two school is still on the list for capital funding in the context of the school building and modernisation programme; if he will clarify the position of the school on the queue; and if there are any proposals to initiate a more simplified system when schools can easily access their position in relation to a proposed school building. [2952/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn As the Deputy is aware, my Department is currently in the process of acquiring a site for the school to which she refers. An application for planning permission forms part of the site acquisition process. A draft design for the school was discussed with the school authority and the design is currently being revised in light of those discussions.

The current status of all projects on the school building programme, including the school in question, may be viewed on my Department’s website at www.education.ie and this will be updated regularly throughout the year.

The Government’s Medium Term Infrastructure and Capital Investment Framework, which was published on 10th November 2011, sets out the demographic challenge facing the education system in the coming years.

In view of the need to ensure that every child has access to a school place, the delivery of major school projects and smaller projects devolved to schools to meet the demographic demands nationally as well as the demands in the area to which the Deputy refers, will be the main focus for capital investment in schools in the coming years.

I have previously committed to publishing shortly a five year plan outlining the school building projects to be constructed in that time.


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