Written answers

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Department of Education and Science

Schools Building Projects

9:00 pm

Photo of Brian HayesBrian Hayes (Dublin South West, Fine Gael)
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Question 422: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the stage of the building programme at a school (details supplied) in County Cavan which applied for a sports hall over ten years ago to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19560/08]

Photo of Batt O'KeeffeBatt O'Keeffe (Minister, Department of Education and Science; Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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I can confirm to the Deputy that an application for funding has been received from the relevant Vocational Education Committee in respect of the school in question. The application seeks funding for an extension, refurbishment and a PE Hall. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered on an on-going basis in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme. However, in light of current competing demands on the capital budget of the Department, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project at this time.

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 423: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding a new primary school (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19585/08]

Photo of Batt O'KeeffeBatt O'Keeffe (Minister, Department of Education and Science; Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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The Office of Public Works (OPW), which acts on behalf of my Department in relation to site acquisitions generally, has been asked to source a suitable site for the school in question. A suitable site has been identified. The progression of the site acquisition for the school in question and all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered on an on-going basis in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme.

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