Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Schools Refurbishment

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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263. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when prefabricated buildings that have been decommissioned on health and safety grounds will be removed from a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11176/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has no current record of receiving an application for capital funding, from the school in question, to have prefabricated units replaced.

Schools which identify that they have a shortfall in accommodation may apply for funding under my Department's Additional School Accommodation Scheme (ASA). The application form and information relating to this scheme are available on my Department's website www.education.ie.

Since mid-2018 all schools approved for additional accommodation under the ASA scheme are also having necessary prefabs replaced as part of their additional accommodation project.

Department records indicate that the school in question did have a prefab leased from a prefab supplier which ceased in 2016.  The Department paid removal costs, for the prefab, to the school authorities.


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