Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Building Projects Status

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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271. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the report of delays in the delivery of a school (details supplied) due to Covid-19; when works will resume; the new completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6360/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The ‘Roadmap for the Reopening of Society and Business’ published by Government includes certain construction operations for inclusion in the first phase of economic activity which came into effect on May 18th2020.

Subject to compliance with the ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’, contractors may commence operations on site.  The contractor must determine it is safe to commence working and be satisfied that it is in a position to meet the requirements of the Protocol and its contractual obligations.

Apart from the actual site shutdown of recent weeks, the impact on the construction programme of the project to which the deputy refers will only become more clear as the contractor recommences construction activity on site and adjusts to operating in the new environment.

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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272. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new school building for a school (details supplied); if the site for the new school building has been secured; if not, the stage it is at; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6362/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy is aware, a site has been identified to accommodate a permanent school building for the school to which she refers. My Department is working closely with officials from Monaghan County Council under the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of the site. As the site acquisition process is complex, it is not possible to give a definitive timeframe for the completion of the acquisition.

My officials will continue to progress the acquisition of this site so that the architectural planning process for the provision of a new permanent building for the school in question can commence.

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