Written answers

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects Applications

Photo of Tony McLoughlinTony McLoughlin (Sligo-North Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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55. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if any further consideration has been given by his Department to the application by a college (details supplied) in County Sligo which has forwarded revised documents on the provision of a link building extension at the campus at Lough Gill, Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47236/13]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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My Department is in receipt of documentation regarding the provision of a link building extension at the College referred to by the Deputy.

While the matter is still under consideration within my Department such capital resources as are available to the Department must be prioritised to deliver school places. This is the conclusion that the Government came to in deciding on the capital envelope to be made available to the Department for the years 2012 to 2016 in November 2011. In effect the education capital budget targets addressing the provision of much needed school places due to the extensive demographic growth and extends only to meeting commitments that existed in the higher education sector in November 2011. The exception to this latter position relates to the advancement of the Grangegorman project which is being progressed through the Public Private Partnership process as part of the Economic Stimulus Plan as announced in July 2012.

Photo of Tony McLoughlinTony McLoughlin (Sligo-North Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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56. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if any further consideration has been given by his Department to the application by a school (details supplied) in County Sligo and the Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board for a phase 2 extension to the facilities at Riverstown, Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47237/13]

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 following a further demographic review, devolved funding has been approved for the provision of a Phase 2 extension to replace temporary accommodation at the school to which he refers. The school authorities have been advised accordingly.

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