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Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 34.  Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the progress made to date in reducing the total spend on temporary accommodation for primary and post-primary schools since 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19389/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The amount spent on renting temporary accommodation at primary and post-primary level, including — but not limited to — prefabricated accommodation since 2008 is outlined below: 2012: €29.3m (allocation); 2011: €28.9m; 2010: €29.3m; 2009: €39m. As the Deputy is aware I recently announced an initiative to replace rented prefabs in schools. Almost 200 schools have been offered an opportunity to replace rented prefabs with permanent accommodation. This new initiative will provide additional savings on the rental of prefabs in these schools in the coming years.

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