Written answers

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Amalgamation

9:00 pm

Photo of John McGuinnessJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 80: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made in respect of a school amalgamation (details supplied); if the design team is advanced in its work; when the final plan is likely to emerge; the timeframe to construction phase; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9984/11]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an early stage of architectural planning.

Officials from the Planning Building Unit of my Department met with the school and it's Design Team in March, following which, the Stage 1 submission which incorporates Preliminary Design is now awaited.

The next stages for the project will be the completion of stage 2(a) - Developed Sketch Design and stage 2(b) which will include applications for planning permission and other statutory approvals.

Until planning permission has been secured and stage 2(b) of architectural planning has been completed, it will not be possible to give an indication of the timeframe for completion of the subsequent tender and construction stages.

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