The proposed large-scale building project for St. Killian's national school is listed in section 8 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website at www.education.ie. This proposed project is at stage 4/5, detail design/bill of quantities, 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.
Indicative timescales have been included for large-scale projects proceeding to tender 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, including St. Killian's national school. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.
With regard to the roof problem, a member of my Department's staff has visited the school and has reported that the roof has now been repaired. The school was also advised to complete an application under the summer works scheme for roof replacement. However, according to my Department's records, no application for these particular works has been made.
A consultant working for the Office of Public Works has also visited the school to prepare a report on the asbestos. The air tests carried out were clear and the OPW will continue to monitor this situation.