Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Seán Power

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131 Mr. S. Power asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress which has been made in relation to the application by Ballymore Eustace national school for an extension to the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15067/02]

My Department has recently authorised the authorities of Ballymore Eustace national school to seek tenders for a major building project.

Seán Power

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132 Mr. S. Power asked the Minister for Edu and Science Science the progress which has been made in relation to the application by Caragh national school, Naas, County Kildare for a building project at the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15068/02]

Architectural planning for a building project at Caragh national school is at an early stage. Decisions on projects proceeding to tender and construction are taken in the light of the annual allocation for primary school buildings, the financial commitments to be met and the priority to be afforded to individual projects.

An extensive building programme for 2002 has already been approved and published. It is not envisaged that the proposed building project at Caragh national school will proceed to construction in 2002. Later this year, when a financial allocation has been made for the primary school building programme in the 2003 estimates, I will be framing a further comprehensive programme of works that will proceed to construction and the school concerned will be one of those considered for inclusion in that programme.

It is my intention to bring greater transparency to the operation of the school building programme and I intend to publish the programme annually. I am also anxious to build a multiannual dimension into the published programme so that schools will have an indication of the expected timelines relating to their projects.

Seán Power

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133 Mr. S. Power asked the Minister for Education and Science when the extension to Scoil Mhuire junior and Scoil Mhuire senior national schools, Ballymany, Newbridge, County Kildare, will be given the go-ahead; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15069/02]

My Department has recently authorised the authorities of Scoil Mhuire, Ballymany, to seek tenders for the proposed building project at the school.

Seán Power

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134 Mr. S. Power asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding the proposed extension to Robertstown national school, Naas, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15070/02]

Architectural planning for a building project at Robertstown national school is at an advanced stage. Decisions on projects proceeding to tender and construction are taken in the light of the annual allocation for primary school buildings, the financial commitments to be met and the priority to be afforded to individual projects.

An extensive building programme for 2002 has already been approved and published. It is not envisaged that the proposed building project at Robertstown national school will proceed to construction in 2002.
Later this year, when a financial allocation has been made for the primary school building programme in the 2003 Estimates, I will be framing a further comprehensive programme of works that will proceed to construction and the school concerned will be one of those considered for inclusion in that programme.
It is my intention to bring greater transparency to the operation of the school building programme and I intend to publish the programme annually. I am also anxious to build a multiannual dimension into the published programme so that schools will have an indication of the expected timelines relating to their project.

Seán Power

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135 Mr. S. Power asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress which has been made on the proposed extension to Ticknevin national school, Carbury, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15071/02]

My Department has an extensive primary school building programme under way at present and this includes a large number of projects at various stages of architectural planning.

Decisions on additional projects proceeding to architectural planning are taken in the light of the annual allocation for capital projects, the financial commitments to be met and the priority to be afforded to individual projects. The programme for 2002 is in place and the schools concerned have been notified.

Later this year, when a financial allocation has been made for the primary school building programme in the 2003 Estimates, I will be framing a further comprehensive programme of works and this will involve putting more projects into architectural planning. The needs of Ticknevin national school will be considered at that time.

It is my intention to bring greater transparency to the operation of the school building programme and I intend to publish the programme annually. I am also anxious to build a multiannual dimension into the published programme so that schools will have an indication of the expected timelines relating to their projects.