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Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 169.  Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Michael McGrath Zoom on Michael McGrath  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a primary school (details supplied) in County Cork is rapidly expanding, that it has recently been forced to use multiple locations, that it will need a permanent school building well in advance of the 2014/15 time frame set out in the recent capital programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16077/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an early stage of architectural planning. While a site has been identified for purposes of a new permanent school building, there are a number of planning issues to be resolved. The Department will be in communication with the school concerned in relation to the next steps to be taken, at the appropriate time, as the project progresses through the various stages of the architectural planning process. As outlined in the five year plan, it is expected that this school project will progress to the construction stage of the architectural planning process in 2014/15.

Details of all projects on the Five Year Plan are published on my Department’s website, www.education.ie, and this will be updated regularly.

 170.  Deputy Patrick O’Donovan Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  when an application for funding was made in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; the stage this application is at; the reason this school was not included in the recent announcements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16083/12]

[765]Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn In view of the need to ensure that every child has access to a school place, the delivery of major school projects to meet the demographic demands nationally will be the main focus for capital investment in schools in the coming years. The five year programme announced recently is focused on meeting those demographic needs. In that context, it was not possible to advance all applications for capital funding concurrently.

The Major Building Project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an advanced stage of Architectural Planning.

School building projects currently in architectural planning, including the project referred to by the Deputy, will continue to be advanced incrementally over time within the context of the funding available. However, in light of current competing demands on the Department’s capital budget, it is not possible at this time to indicate when this project will be progressed to tender and construction stage.


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