Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (189)

Noel Grealish


186 Mr. Grealish asked the Minister for Education and Science if a letter of guarantee for a grant of €70,000 will be provided to a school (details supplied) in order to carry out the addition of two classrooms to the school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27624/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

My Department's planning section determined in 2003 that the school to which the Deputy refers required one additional temporary classroom to address the short-term accommodation needs in this school.

In July 2003 approval issued to the school authority to purchase one prefabricated classroom of 76 sq. m. to address this shortfall. The grants are made available to schools on the grounds that the schools have no alternative accommodation available to them to meet their immediate needs. To date, the school authority has not provided this accommodation. Failure by the school authority to address this need in the current year will in fact result in the loss of grant aid.

However, it is open to the school authority to reapply for consideration from within the remit of the 2005 capital programme. To date, no application has been received and the closing date for such applications is 5 November 2004.