Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Education and Skills
School Accommodation Provision
281. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a school extension for a school (details supplied); if the accommodation will be ready for September 2021; the site on which the extension will be located; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3363/20]
As the Deputy is aware, the project to which she refers has been devolved to the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) for delivery as part of a programme of school building projects.
A framework of project management and design team consultants has been appointed for the programme and the process to appoint teams to specific project bundles is now underway.
The Department has approved an extension for the school in question to accommodate 1,000 pupils. We are in the process of acquiring a site extension to facilitate same and a decision has been made to accelerate its delivery within the context of the NDFA programme.
The NDFA will ensure that this project progresses to design stage, obtaining the necessary statutory planning permission, and moving the project onward to construction in due course. As the project is at an early stage in the delivery process, it is not possible at this time to give a date for its completion.
Please be assured that the NDFA will be engaging directly with the school authority to keep it informed of progress.