Written answers

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Department of Education and Skills

School Accommodation

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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110. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied); if same will be reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23054/20]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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I can confirm that the school referred to by the Deputy has submitted an application to my Department, for capital funding, under the Additional School Accommodation scheme.

The application is currently under consideration and a decision will be conveyed directly to the school authority as soon as the assessment process is completed. 

Steven Matthews (Wicklow, Green Party)
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111. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if it is expected that the school extension for a school (details supplied) is expected to be completed on time; and the contingency plans in place to accommodate the school’s accommodation needs. [23066/20]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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I wish to inform the Deputy that 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.

The NDFA is currently undertaking the second phase of the process of appointment of multi-disciplinary technical advisors (design teams) for these projects. Thereafter, it will ensure that the project progresses to design stage, obtains the necessary statutory planning permission, and moves the project onward to tender and 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.

The Department approved additional interim accommodation for this school consisting of two general classrooms and science lab in 2019. My Department understands that this accommodation has been installed. 

It is open to the patron to apply for further interim accommodation should this be required.

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