Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Questions (87, 88)

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

173 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Education and Science if funding will be provided under the summer works scheme 2004 for the provision of work on the playground and boundary wall at Holy Cross Mercy School, Killarney, for safety purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6286/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The scope of the works required at the school referred to by the Deputy is appropriate for consideration under the summer works scheme which was announced in December last.

Officials in the school planning section of my Department are currently in the process of registering and assessing all applications received for the summer works scheme 2004. Details of the result of this assessment and the schools which will receive funding will be published no later than 27 February 2004.

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

174 Mr. O’Connor asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of the building programme at St. Killian’s national schools, Castleview, Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, Dublin 24; the action proposed in respect of the ongoing roof problem; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6317/04]

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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 atwww.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.