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Schools Building Projects.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 11 March 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Questions (210, 211)

Emmet Stagg

Question:

210 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if the contract has been signed for the recommencement of the building of the national school at a location (details supplied) in County Kildare; and when the contractor will be on site. [12088/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

Due to industrial action on the part of some staff in the Department of Education and Science, I am not in a position to give full details on the school referred to by the Deputy.

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

211 Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for Education and Science the time scale for the funding of the main building project at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 16 where the original building is a 1940s preventorium for children in the early stage of tuberculosis and the condition of the building now constitutes a serious health and safety risk; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12091/10]

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A major capital project at the school to which the Deputy refers is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design stage through to construction is dependent on the prioritisation of competing demands on the funding available under the Department's capital budget. The proposed building project will be considered in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme. However, in light of current competing demands on the capital budget of my Department, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the delivery of the project at this time.

In the meantime, however, it is open to the school authority to apply to the Planning and Building Unit of my Department for emergency works funding for capital works of an urgent nature. Grants from this fund are available for very urgent works, primarily of a major health and safety nature, to schools that require them.

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