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Written Answers - Schools Building Projects

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 252. 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 his attention has been drawn to the fact that the community of Knocknacarra, County Galway, are in the main supportive of upgrading and providing an extension for a local school (details supplied) rather than resources being directed at establishing a new school. [24342/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The basis for the decision to open a new school in Knocknacarra was made following a detailed study of the available demographic data for this area. I am aware that my officials had a meeting with a deputation of principals from Galway City West Schools on 29th March, 2012 to discuss the local principals’ concerns regarding the need for a new school in the Knocknacarra area. The issues raised by the principals at that meeting are being considered further.

For purposes of the Five Year School Building Plan announced recently, new school building projects as well as major extensions have been identified and prioritised on the basis of meeting demographic needs in areas where such needs have been identified. In that regard, the current status of projects already in architectural planning, including the project referred to by the Deputy, was also considered. 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 stage at this time.


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