Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Pearse Doherty (Sinn Fein)
I thank the Minister of State. The reply from the Department is not good enough. We have left schools in a vulnerable position due to the costs that have been incurred but, more importantly, we have left children in a vulnerable position because the essential works need to be done. Does the Minister of State, Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher, support the suspension of this scheme?
Given he mentioned he represents the constituency of Donegal South-West, one of the schools there, Pobailscoil Gaoth Dobhair, applied for €0.75 million worth of essential works to be done under this scheme. Another, Pobailscoil Chloich Ceann Fhaola, applied for €120,000. A primary school in Falcarragh applied for €112,000. A school in Killybegs applied for €190,000. There are other schools and I can list them. Some 20 schools in Donegal, of which I have a sample, have applied for €2.3 million in funds.