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Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 221.  Deputy Paul J. Connaughton Information on Paul Connaughton Zoom on Paul Connaughton  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the reason a school (details supplied) in County Galway was not included in the schools building programme considering it had been approved for schools building for the past number of years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16694/12]

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 on March 12th is focused on meeting those demographic needs. In that context, it was not possible to advance all applications for capital funding concurrently.

The process of appointing a design team for the major school building project referred to by the Deputy is nearing completion. Once appointed, the design team will start commence work on Stage 1 of architectural planning. School building projects currently in, or entering into, 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.

 222.  Deputy Paul J. Connaughton Information on Paul Connaughton Zoom on Paul Connaughton  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the reason a school (details supplied) in County Galway was not included in the schools building programme considering it had been approved for schools building for the past number of years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16695/12]

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 on March 12th is focused on meeting those demographic needs. In that context, it was not possible to advance all applications for capital funding concurrently.

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning and the Stage 2(b) submission (Detailed Design) was approved by the Departments Planning and Building Unit on 30th November 2011.

However, in light of current competing demands on the Department’s capital budget, it is not possible to progress this project to tender and construction at this time.

 223.  Deputy Paul J. Connaughton Information on Paul Connaughton Zoom on Paul Connaughton  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the reason a school (details supplied) in County Galway was not included in the schools building programme considering it had been approved for school building for the past number of years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16696/12]

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.

[788]The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The Design Team are currently working on Stage 2(b) of Architectural Planning which includes securing Planning Permission, Fire Certificate and Disability Access Certificate (DAC) and the preparation of tender documents.

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 to progress this project to tender and construction at this time.


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