Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (354)

John McGuinness

Question:

462 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding plans for extending and improving Grennan College, Thomastown, County Kilkenny; if the project can be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1566/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The refurbishment project at Grennan College is listed in section 8 of the 2004 school building programme, which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. This project is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. It has been assigned a band 2 rating in accordance with the 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.

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.