Written answers

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Department of Education and Science

Schools Refurbishment

5:00 pm

Photo of Arthur MorganArthur Morgan (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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Question 56: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application for capital works from a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44445/10]

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 an extension/refurbishment including a GP Room, toilets and ancillary accommodation.

In accordance with the published criteria for large scale building projects, the project for this school has been assigned a Band 3 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 through to construction phase will be considered 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 my Department, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project at this time.

My Department has recently been in contact with the school authority regarding its concerns in relation to permanent accommodation and its major capital works application. The school authority has been advised to complete and submit an RTA Form to my Department identifying the need for the provision of permanent mainstream teaching accommodation. This application will then be assessed and an outcome notified directly to the school authority.

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