Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (383, 384, 385, 386)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

524 Mr. Ó Fearghail asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress that has been achieved to date in acquiring a site for a proposed school (details supplied) in County Kildare. [25247/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The property management unit of the OPW which acts on behalf of my Department on site acquisitions generally is exploring the possibility of acquiring a site for the school referred to by the Deputy. Due to the commercial sensitivities of site acquisitions, it is not proposed at this stage to identify specific sites to be acquired. However, this information will be placed on my Department's website when the relevant acquisitions have been completed.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

525 Mr. Ó Fearghail asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress that has been achieved in the amalgamation of the three post-primary schools in Kildare town; if a suitable site for the new community school has been acquired; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25248/04]

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My Department has agreed to the amalgamation of the three post-primary schools in Kildare town and to the purchase of a site to facilitate this development. The process of identifying and acquiring a suitable site is being actively pursued in the building unit of my Department.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

526 Mr. Ó Fearghail asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of her plans to extend a school (details supplied) in County Kildare. [25249/04]

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The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning. It has a band 2 rating. Officials from my Department recently contacted the school's design team about issues related to the project and a response is awaited. My Department's officials are also reviewing all projects which were not authorised to proceed to construction as part of the 2004 school building programme, including the project in question, with a view to including them as part of a multi-annual school building programme from 2005. I expect to make further announcements in this regard before the end of the year.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

527 Mr. Ó Fearghail asked the Minister for Education and Science if she has received proposals from the board of management of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the nature of these proposals; and the likely timescale for the delivery of the necessary school extension. [25250/04]

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The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning. It has a band 3 rating. My Department's officials are reviewing all projects that were not authorised to proceed to construction as part of the 2004 school building programme, including the project in question, with a view to including them as part of a multi-annual school building programme from 2005. I expect to make further announcements in this regard before the end of the year.