Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Questions (181, 182)

Michael McCarthy

Question:

268 Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will issue on the next stage of the prefab replacement programme regarding schools that were originally approved under the scheme and subsequently applied to have further facilities included in it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24879/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

As the Deputy is aware I recently allocated €35 million to allow almost 200 schools with rented prefab accommodation an opportunity to replace their rented prefabs with permanent accommodation.

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that 140 schools have now been approved and full details of these schools are available on my Department's website. Assessment of the remaining applications is ongoing and schools concerned will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible.

Michael McCarthy

Question:

269 Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will give provide an update on a school (details supplied) in County Cork under the prefab replacement programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24880/12]

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I can confirm that the school to which the Deputy refers, has requested capital funding to also replace an additional prefab unit with permanent accommodation under the Prefab Replacement scheme. This further application is being assessed and my Department expects to convey a decision on this application to the school authority shortly.