Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects Status

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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384. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a school (details supplied) in County Louth now that Stage 2 B has been approved by her Department; the criteria that will apply before this building project can proceed to tender; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46883/14]

Photo of Jan O'SullivanJan O'Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour)
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The Major School Building Project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of Architectural Planning. The Stage 2b Detailed Design Submission was recently approved by my Department.

Due to competing demands on my Department's capital budget, imposed by the need to prioritise the limited funding available for the provision of additional school accommodation to meet increasing demographic requirements, it was not possible to include the project referred to by the Deputy in the five year construction programme announced in 2012.

School building projects, including the project referred to by the Deputy, which have been initiated but not included in the current five year construction programme continue to be progressed to final planning stages of architectural planning in anticipation of the possibility of further funds being available to my Department in the future. The project for the school referred to by the Deputy remains available to be considered for progression in that context


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