Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Education and Skills
Question 170: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when funding will be available to provide appropriate accommodation for the austic spectrum disorder classrooms in a school (details supplied) in County Carlow. [17041/11]
Question 191: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will ensure that the necessary approvals are granted to allow the necessary renovations and extensions to a school (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17422/11]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 170 and 191 together.
A major project for the school, referred to by the Deputy, was included on the list of projects on the work programme for 2011, which was announced on 24 January last. A technical assessment of the school has been completed and my Department has agreed the Schedule of Accommodation with the school authority, which includes the provision of a Special Needs Unit. The next stage involves the appointment of a Design team and this appointment process is expected to commence shortly.
All large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design stage through to construction phase are being progressed in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme and the available financial resources.