Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307)

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

403 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of the school building project at St. Kevin's girls' school, Kilnamanagh, Tallaght, Dublin 24; if his attention has been drawn to the anxiety of the local community that this important project be progressed to construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1223/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

A proposed large-scale building project for St. Kevin's girls' school is listed in section 9 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. This proposed project is at early stages of architectural planning. It has been assigned a band 3 rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large-scale projects.

My Department will be holding consultations with the education partners early in 2004 in relation to the prioritisation criteria to ensure that they have the optimum precision and are fully tuned to meeting the priority accommodation needs of the primary and post-primary sectors.

The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which in turn will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

The Deputy will also note that I have put in place a new devolved summer works scheme. This caters for necessary small scale works that can be planned and delivered during the summer holidays. The 2004 programme will be updated in early spring to provide details of approved projects under the scheme.

Charlie O'Connor

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404 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of the school building project at St. Aongus school, Balrothery, Dublin 24; if his attention has been drawn to the anxiety of the local community that this important project be progressed to construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1224/04]

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A large-scale building project for St. Aongus' national school is listed in section 9 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. This project is at early stages of architectural planning. It has been assigned a band 3 rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large-scale projects.

My Department will be holding consultations with the education partners early in 2004 in relation to the prioritisation criteria to ensure that they have the optimum precision and are fully tuned to meeting the priority accommodation needs of the primary and post-primary sectors.

The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which in turn will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

The Deputy will also note that I have put in place a new devolved summer works scheme. This caters for necessary small scale works that can be planned and delivered during the summer holidays. The 2004 programme will be updated in early spring to provide details of approved projects under the scheme.

Charlie O'Connor

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405 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of the school building project at Knockmore national school, Killinarden Parish, Tallaght, Dublin 24; if his attention has been drawn to the anxiety of the local community that this important project be progressed to construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1225/04]

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The proposed building project for Knockmore national school, Tallaght, is listed in section 9 of the 2004 school building programme, which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. This proposed project is at stage 3 of the architectural planning process. It has been assigned a band 3 rating by my Department in accordance with published criteria for prioritising large-scale projects.

The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which in turn will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

Charlie O'Connor

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406 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Education and Science to give an update on the status of the school building project at Scoil Santáin, Tallaght, Dublin 24; if his attention has been drawn to the anxiety of the local community that this important project be progressed to construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1226/04]

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The large-scale building project for the scoil Santáin is listed in section 8 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. It is at early stages of architectural planning.

It has been assigned a band 2 rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large-scale projects and will be authorised to progress to advanced architectural planning during 2004. Indicative timescales have been included for large-scale projects proceeding in 2004.

The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which in turn will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

The Deputy will note that I have put in place a new devolved summer works scheme. This caters for necessary small-scale works that can be planned and delivered during the summer holidays. The 2004 programme will be updated in early spring to provide details of projects approved under this scheme.

Charlie O'Connor

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407 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of the school building project at St. Aidan's school, Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24; if his attention has been drawn to the anxiety of the local community that this important project be progressed to construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1227/04]

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A proposed large scale-building project for St. Aidan's national school is listed in section 9 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. This proposed project is at early stages of architectural planning. It has been assigned a band 3 rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large-scale projects.

My Department will be holding consultations with the education partners early in 2004 in relation to the prioritisation criteria to ensure that they have the optimum precision and are fully tuned to meeting the priority accommodation needs of the primary and post-primary sectors.

The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which in turn will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

The Deputy will also note that I have put in place a new devolved summer works scheme. This caters for necessary small scale works that can be planned and delivered during the summer holidays. The 2004 programme will be updated in early spring to provide details of projects approved under the scheme.

Charlie O'Connor

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408 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of the school building project at Ballycragh national school, Tallaght, Dublin 24; if his attention has been drawn to the anxiety of the local community that this important project be progressed to construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1228/04]

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The large-scale building project for Ballycragh national school is listed in section 9 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. This project is at early stages of architectural planning. It has been assigned a band 2 rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large-scale projects. It will be authorised to progress to the next stage of architectural planning during 2004.

The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which in turn will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

The Deputy will also note that I have put in place a new devolved summer works scheme. This caters for necessary small scale works that can be planned and delivered during the summer holidays. The 2004 programme will be updated in early spring to provide details of projects approved under this scheme.

Charlie O'Connor

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409 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of the school building project at Killinarden community school, Tallaght, Dublin 24; if his attention has been drawn to the anxiety of the local community that this important project be progressed to construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1229/04]

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I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the project to provide ancillary accommodation for the sports hall at Killinarden community school will be proceeding to construction as part of the 2004 school building programme. This is one of a number of projects that are included in the programme as part of a joint initiative to develop community sports facilities in drugs task force areas. My Department will be in contact with the school shortly regarding the commencement of the tendering process for the project.

Charlie O'Connor

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410 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of the school building project at St. Kevin's boys' school, Kilnamanagh, Tallaght, Dublin 24; if his attention has been drawn to the anxiety of the local community that this important project be progressed to construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1231/04]

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A proposed large scale project for St. Kevin's boys' national school is listed in section 9 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. This proposed project is at early stages of architectural planning. It has been assigned a band 3 rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large-scale projects.

My Department will be holding consultations with the education partners early in 2004 in relation to the prioritisation criteria to ensure that they have the optimum precision and are fully tuned to meeting the priority accommodation needs of the primary and post-primary sectors.

The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which in turn will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

The Deputy will also note that I have put in place a new devolved summer works scheme. This caters for necessary small scale works that can be planned and delivered during the summer holidays. The 2004 programme will be updated in early spring to provide details of projects approved under the scheme.

Question No. 411 answered with QuestionNo. 389.