It is the policy of my Department to provide PE halls as part of the schedule of accommodation for all new post-primary schools. PE halls are also provided when a major extension to a school which does not have such a facility is being built. In addition, my Department has a programme for providing PE halls as stand-alone projects at post-primary schools which do not already have this facility. There are a number of these projects in architectural planning at present and a number have also proceeded to construction.
The question of providing physical education facilities at Mullingar community college can only be considered in the context of capital available for post-primary building purposes generally. Because of the demand for accommodation in schools throughout the country, I am not in a position at this stage to state when a gymnasium will be provided in this particular case. However, I can assure the Deputy that this application will continue to be reviewed in light of available resources and competing priorities.