Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Jerry Cowley

Question:

203 Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for Education and Science the steps he intends to take to ensure that Cornanool NS, Islandeady, County Mayo, is brought up to habitable standards and is listed for refurbishment; the reason his Department allows students to be educated in a damp and rotting building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10737/03]

The 2003 school building programme has now been published and full details in relation to individual projects are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie.

On the basis of the budgetary allocation it was not possible to include any further projects in 2003. The budgetary allocation for 2004 and subsequent years will determine the rate of progress on projects that could not be included in this year's programme. In the meantime, individual schools should use their devolved grant to deal with any urgent health and safety works.