Written Answers. - Ballytivnan (Sligo) School.

Edward Nealon


324 Mr. Nealon asked the Minister for Education, in relation to the new school for Ballytivnan, Sligo to replace the existing St. Edward's School at Forthill, Sligo, which she stated in June 1989 would be built without undue delay, if she will outline the work completed in the preparation of the plans, drawings and general architectural work; the other stages that still remain to be completed before the school goes to contract; when she expects to be in a position to advertise the school for contract; when work will begin on the construction of the school; and the normal period taken for the construction of an eight classroom school such as that planned for Ballytivnan.

I have approved the provision of a new national school at Ballytivnan, Sligo to replace the existing St. Edward's national school at Forthill and it is my intention that the new building be available at the earliest possible date. My Department's architects are now dealing with sketch plans for the project. It will also be necessary to secure planning permission and to prepare tender documents. Because there are a number of factors outside the control of my Department I am not in a position to say at this stage when tenders will be invited.