Written answers

Thursday, 6 April 2006

Department of Education and Science

Schools Building Projects

5:00 am

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 378: To ask the Minister for Education and Science when funding will be available for the extension to a school (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14026/06]

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Education and Science; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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My Department is in receipt of an application for capital funding from the school to which the Deputy refers. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria for large scale building projects and has been assigned a band 2 rating. Progress on the project is being considered in the context of the school building and modernisation programme from 2006 onwards.

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 379: To ask the Minister for Education and Science when funding will be made available for the extension to a school (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14027/06]

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Education and Science; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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I can confirm to the Deputy that the school to which he refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria for large scale projects and progress on the proposed works is being considered in the context of the school building and modernisation programme from 2006 onwards.

In the meantime, approval has been given to the school for the rental of temporary accommodation to meet its immediate accommodation needs. This is a short-term rental agreement which will only remain in place until such time as the permanent accommodation needs of the school are met.

Photo of Pádraic McCormackPádraic McCormack (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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Question 380: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the progress which is being made in relation to an application for a new national school for the Knocknacarra area, Galway; when it is likely that this application will be approved and advanced on; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14028/06]

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Education and Science; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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The building project for the school in question is at an early stage of architectural planning. The project is currently at stage 1/2, site suitability and site analysis. The school was listed in my announcement of 2005 as a project to progress through architectural planning up to pre-tender stage, that is, up to and including advanced architectural planning, following the appointment of a full design team.

The design and planning of a building project is covered by stages 1 to 5, during which the project is developed from the assessment of site suitability, through the detailed design, including the obtaining of planning permission, to the point where detailed bills of quantities are prepared. The project at Knocknacarra will be allowed to progress to stage 5. This is the final stage before invitation of tenders.

Progression of projects to construction will be considered in the context of the school building and modernisation programme 2006-09.

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