Written Answers. - Grant-Aid Refusal.

Seamus Brennan

Question:

142 Mr. S. Brennan asked the Minister for Education the reason for her refusal to grant-aid emergency works caused by ageing at a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; whether this school's safety officer has expressed grave concern in respect of broken gullies and pipes, the condition of the tarmacadamed play area, the low level of heating due to the inadequate performance of the school's boiler which is a quarter of a century old and the damp conditions of the staffroom; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8647/96]

The school referred to by the Deputy applied to my Department in February 1996, for grant-aid towards the cost of a range of improvement works at the school.

The nature of the works proposed suggested that they were not of an emergency nature. Accordingly, due to financial constraints, my Department was not in a position to provide grant-aid for the improvements and the chairperson and board of management were notified accordingly.

The school subsequently advised my Department that their safety officer is of the view that the works in question are of an urgent nature and my Department immediately requested a report on the matter from the Office of Public Works.

When this report is received and considered my Department will be in contact with the school authorities.