Written answers

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Department of Education and Skills

School Accommodation

10:00 pm

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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Question 206: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the costs associated with the provision of temporary accommodation for 11 schools in south Tipperary; his views on whether these costs represent real value for money; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21261/11]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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I have set out below a list of the costs associated with the provision of temporary accommodation for the 11 schools in south Tipperary, as requested by the Deputy. With regard to the value for money, most of the schools on the list were given prefabs as permanent classrooms were not a viable option at that time. Competing priorities mean that it will not always be possible to have a permanent accommodation solution in place in a short timeframe. Some of the schools have major extensions / new schools due to progress, others currently have temporary recognition and the building of new classrooms did not provide value for money.

Where the need for the accommodation is likely to exceed three years in duration, the Department will devolve funding to a school authority giving it the option to purchase or build the accommodation needed. Where that need is likely to be for three years or less, approval is given to rent the accommodation.

School TypeRoll NoSchool NameAddressCountyMajor Application SubmittedStart DateRental
Primary10120POur Lady of Mercy NSCahirTipperary SouthYes01/09/07â'¬18,876.00
Primary11872VPresentation Primary SchoolCarrick-on-SuirTipperary SouthNo01/09/01â'¬26,254.48
Primary16077BArdfinnan NSClonmelTipperary SouthNo01/09/07â'¬18,876.00
Primary17779PPowerstown NSClonmelTipperary SouthYes21/09/01â'¬49,949.16
Primary18062VGrange NSClonmelTipperary SouthYes01/12/06â'¬14,157.00
Primary18716TCahir BNSCahirTipperary SouthYes01/03/00â'¬31,909.24
Primary19230VScoil ChormaicCashelTipperary SouthYes01/05/06â'¬80,016.00
Primary19615SScoil AonghusaCashelTipperary SouthYes02/06/06â'¬35,000.00
Primary20007CGS Chluain MealaClonmelTipperary SouthYes01/06/04â'¬23,000.00
Primary20085WGS Charraig Na SiuireCarrick-on-SuirTipperary SouthNo01/09/98â'¬99,364.61
Post-Primary72400VComeragh CollegeClonmelTipperary SouthYes01/08/07â'¬40,000.00

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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Question 207: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding plans for new accommodation in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21276/11]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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I am pleased to advise the Deputy that a project to provide an extension to allow the two schools referred to by the Deputy to amalgamate was announced in January 2011 as one of the projects to commence the process of the brief formulation under my Department's 2011 Multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme.

My officials have been in contact with the school authorities in relation to the steps to be taken to progress the project.

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