Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (174, 175, 176)

Eoin Ryan

Question:

254 Mr. Eoin Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science the stages a post-primary school (details supplied) in Dublin 6 is at under the schools building programme, 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6642/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

My Department has requested the school in question to furnish cost estimates in respect of the school's application for capital funding. The proposed project has been assigned a band 3 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.

Eoin Ryan

Question:

255 Mr. Eoin Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding a primary school (details supplied) in Dublin 6 under the schools building programme, 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6643/04]

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The proposed 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 proposed project is at early stages of architectural planning. It has been assigned a band 2 rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large scale projects.

The proposed project will be authorised to progress to advanced architectural planning during 2004. 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. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

Eoin Ryan

Question:

256 Mr. Eoin Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding an application by a post-primary school (details supplied) in Dublin 6 for major refurbishment under the schools building programme, 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6644/04]

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I am pleased to advise the Deputy that a refurbishment project at the school referred to is listed for proceeding to tender and construction as part of the 2004 school building programme. The indicative timescale in the programme for this project proceeding to tender is the second quarter of 2004. The school authorities will be kept advised of developments for the delivery of this project.