Written Answers. - Physical Education Facilities.

Joe Higgins


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.