Written answers

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Department of Education and Science

Schools Building Projects

2:00 pm

Photo of Joanna TuffyJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour)
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Question 98: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the extension to a secondary school (details supplied) in County Meath; the target date for completion of this extension; the levels of funding for the extension; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40837/10]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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The project to which the Deputy refers is at an early stage of architectural planning. Officials from my Department have contacted the VEC requesting further information in relation to the most recent Design Team submission. Once these clarifications have been received, they will be assessed by the Technical staff in my Department. The further progression of this project will be considered in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme for 2011 and subsequent years. However, it is not possible to give a more indicative timeframe for the progression of the project to tender and construction at this time.

Photo of Joanna TuffyJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour)
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Question 99: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application for a new school building for a school (details supplied) in County Meath; the reason for the delay in the commencement of work on this project; the expected completion date for this project; the level of funding for the new building; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40838/10]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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My Department considers that the provision of 24 classrooms plus appropriate ancillary accommodation will meet the needs of the school referred to by the Deputy. In accordance with the published criteria for large scale building projects, the project for this school has been assigned a Band 1 rating. Information in respect of the current school building programme along with all assessed applications for major capital works, including this project, is available on the Department's website at www.education.ie.

The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered in the context of the Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme. However, in light of current competing demands on the Department's capital budget, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project at this time.

Photo of Joanna TuffyJoanna Tuffy (Dublin Mid West, Labour)
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Question 100: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in the granting of a permanent structure to a school (details provided) in County Meath; the time frame for the completion of a permanent structure for this school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40839/10]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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I can confirm that the school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for a new school building. In accordance with the published prioritisation criteria for large scale building projects, the project for this school has been assigned a band 2 rating. Information in respect of the current school building programme along with all assessed applications for major capital works, including this project, is available on the Department's website at www.education.ie.

The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered in the context of the Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme. However, in light of current competing demands on the Department's capital budget, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project at this time.

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