Written Answers. - Physical Education Facilities.

Joe Higgins

Question:

138 Mr. Higgins (Dublin West) asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will sanction the necessary funding for the planned physical activities hall Pobalscoil Iosolde, Palmerstown, Dublin 20; and the stage at which this project is in his Department. [3968/02]

The allocation for post-primary buildings in 2002 is €182.31 million, which is a record level of funding and demonstrates the Government's commitment to improving the accommodation situation in post-primary schools. This is almost four times the previous Government's investment in 1997. Because of the greatly increased level of investment in the post-primary buildings area since the Government came into office, there has been a substantial increase in the number of major and minor building projects in construction and this has given rise to a record level of building and refurbishment activity.

A PE hall is being provided at the school, to which the Deputy refers, as part of the Government's programme and is currently at stage 4/5 in architectural planning. It will continue to the next stage as soon as possible under the expanded building programme.