Written Answers. - St. Vincent de Paul School, Dublin.


asked the Minister for Education the up-to-date arrangements with regard to facilitating the construction of additional facilities at the St. Vincent de Paul girls' school, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.

The position with regard to the building project at St. Vincent de Paul girls' national school, Dublin 9, is that I have authorised the school authorities to proceed with the work on the basis of a certain tender which is suitable and on the basis that grant aid will be available from my Department towards the cost of the project. The precise amount of grant to be made available in individual cases by my Department is regarded as confidential information, which it is not my Department's practice to disclose. The formal letter which is about to issue to the school authorities conveying the necessary authorisation is one of some detail, most of the contents being in standard terms having reference to the normal provisions of my Department's building grants scheme. The grant will be paid, as is customary, by way of interim instalments as work progresses with the usual small retention at the conclusion of work pending final certification of satisfactory completion. I understand the Deputy is concerned about conditions attached to the grant. In this connection I should explain that the project at the special request of the school authorities includes a floor area of building significantly in excess of the area allowable for grant scheme purposes, and calls for non-standard external finishes and other special treatment. Apart from the exclusion from grant aid of those features considered to be outside the scope of my Department's grants' scheme, the Deputy has my assurance that my Department will assist this building project in every way possible.