Tuesday, 23 November 2004
Department of Finance
Asbestos Remediation Programme
Question 139: To ask the Minister for Finance the cost to the State of the removal of asbestos from primary and secondary schools; the number of schools which remain to be cleared of asbestos; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26119/04]
In the five years since the commencement of the asbestos management programme in schools, approximately €55 million has been spent on remedial works, including extensive reinstatement works following the removal of asbestos materials.
Approximately 2,700 schools have so far been surveyed and works identified as necessary have either been completed, are in hand or are programmed over the coming months. The remaining 1,300 or so schools will be surveyed during 2005 and arrangements for the management of any materials identified will be put in hands as soon as possible thereafter.