Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (198)

Seán Crowe

Question:

323 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of granting permanent recognition to Donabate-Portrane Educate Together school; the criteria for granting permanent recognition to a school; if the occupation by the school of new buildings in February 2004 will have an effect on its recognition; if it will receive back payments as a result dated from September 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2919/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

An application from Donabate-Portrane Educate Together national school for permanent recognition is under consideration in the school planning section of my Department. The criteria for granting permanent recognition are published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. The occupation by the school of its new accommodation in February 2004 will be a factor taken into account in arriving at a decision on the granting of permanent recognition.

Under the terms of the rental refund scheme operated by my Department, the school is liable for rental contributions up to a maximum of €3,175 in any calendar year. Any rental paid by the school in excess of this amount will be refunded on production of original paid and signed receipts.