Written answers

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Department of Education and Science

Departmental Funding

11:00 am

Photo of Paul GogartyPaul Gogarty (Dublin Mid West, Green Party)
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Question 14: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the sources of funding schools (details supplied) would have to enable them to cost-effectively minimise the risks of pipes and tanks freezing in view of the fact that they are operating in poorly insulated prefabs while waiting for final sanction for a proper school building; if any communications issued to or from the school following its decision to close up this week due to frozen pipes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45819/10]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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The school referred to by the Deputy may use their minor works grant which they received recently to carry out works to minimise the risk of pipes and tanks freezing. Emergency works grants are also made available to those schools most in need of resources as a result of unforeseen emergencies of a capital nature that may arise during the school year.

My Department has no record of receiving any communication from the school in question following the school decision to close and no communication has issued from my Department to the school in relation to the matter.

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