Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (403, 404)

Billy Timmins

Question:

544 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Education and Science the situation in relation to development proposals at a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25384/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

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. 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.

Billy Timmins

Question:

545 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Education and Science the plans she has to sanction the building of a school for the gaelscoil in Wicklow town; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25385/04]

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The school planning section of my Department is examining all building projects in hands in line with the project prioritisation criteria recently revised in consultation with the education partners. The proposed project for the gaelscoil in Wicklow town is included in this review. I expect to be in a position to provide an update on the progress of individual projects later this year.