Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Department of Education and Skills
National Development Plan
265. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which projects that fall within the aegis of her Department and are within the revised National Development Plan are at an advanced stage at present or are in course thereof; the extent to which preliminary work has taken place or on-site works are in hand or proposed; the expected delivery date of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49250/21]
The National Development Plan 2021-2030 which was published on 4thOctober 2021, provides capital funding of over €4.4bn for investment in school infrastructure during the period 2021 to 2025.
This investment will build on the good progress being made on adding capacity to cater for demographic changes and provision for children with special educational needs. This investment will also facilitate an increased focus on the modernisation of existing school stock and help transition the school system for an era of net zero carbon by 2050.
Approximately 1,200 school building projects are currently in progress across the various stages of planning, design, tender and construction – most of which are expected to be either under construction or completed in the period 2021 to 2025. These projects, with a monthly status update, are listed on gov.ie
Over 200 of these projects are currently at construction, with most of these scheduled for completion in 2022.