Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (177, 178)

John Bruton


257 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science the additional resources he intends to provide for primary schools in Navan to alleviate the serious over-crowding and lack of spaces for students living in the Navan area; if he is allocating further teachers or prefab classrooms to the schools in the area due to the increased number of families moving to Navan over the past number of years which has now resulted in students on waiting lists for schools in the area not being granted places for September 2004 in junior infants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6661/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

Two new primary schools commenced operation in the Navan area in September 2003, St. Stephen's national school Johnstown, Navan, and St. John's national school, Clonmagadden. It is expected that these new schools will alleviate pressure for places in the area into the future.

The school planning section of my Department is currently examining the level of additional accommodation which will be required at the schools to facilitate enrolment for 2004-05 school year. When a decision has been taken in the matter, the school authorities will be contacted directly.

Bernard J. Durkan


258 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science when he expects to be in a position to provide the extra facilities required at Maynooth post primary school, Maynooth, County Kildare, which was built to cater for 650 students, but now caters for 811 students; his views on whether the toilet facilities are totally inadequate for staff and students alike; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6680/04]

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A large scale building project for Maynooth post primary school, Maynooth, County Kildare, is listed in section 9 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website at www.education.ie. This project is at early stages 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.

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.