Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (373)

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

483 Ms O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science when his Department will address the serious conditions in which children at Gaelscoil na Camóige have to study; if they can be considered regarding the acquisition of sites for new schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1727/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

My Department's strategy to address the long-term accommodation needs of Gaelscoil na Camóige is the delivery of purpose built facilities on a greenfield site. Due to the commercial sensitivity involved in acquiring sites generally, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on this specific issue at this time.

Gaelscoil na Camóige is currently located in temporary rented accommodation for which the school planning section of my Department provides 95% grant aid. The school authority has not brought any difficulties with the accommodation to the attention of the school planning section of my Department. Since the property in question is being rented, dissatisfaction with the condition of the accommodation can be brought to the attention of the lessor having regard to the terms of the lease.