Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (194)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

319 Mr. Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the serious overcrowding that exists in Ard Scoil Rath Iomgain, Rathangan; the length of time that a school extension has been in planning; and if he will provide funding in 2004 to allow the project proceed. [2915/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The large-scale building project for the school referred to by the Deputy 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, detail design-bill of quantities. It has been assigned a band 2 rating by my Department 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.