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Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 250.  Deputy Seán Kyne Information on Seán Kyne Zoom on Seán Kyne  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if he will report on the experience of his Department this year in terms of the new approach to small buildings and improvement works which would have previously been catered for under the summer works scheme. [24262/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn I wish to advise the Deputy that as outlined in the Five Year Plan and in view of the need to ensure that every child has access to a physical school place, the delivery of major school projects to meet significant demographic demands nationally will be the main focus for capital investment in schools in the coming years. The Five Year school building programme is focused on meeting those demographic needs. This announcement represents major advances in how the school building programme is publicised, and will provide certainty to patrons and school communities concerning the major school building projects that my Department is in a position to progress.

In the context, therefore, of the financial constraints imposed by the need to prioritise available funding for the provision of essential school accommodation, it is not possible for me to advance with a summer works programme this year. In addition to the standard capitation grant, the Deputy will be aware that a Minor Works Grant issued to primary schools last November for the school year 2011/2012 at a cost of €28m. It is open to schools to prioritise the use of these funds to address issues such as those to which the Deputy refers.

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