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Schools Building Projects

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 24 May 2012

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Questions (84, 85)

Brendan Smith

Question:

82 Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will ensure that the proposal to provide additional permanent accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Cavan will be progressed without further delay in view of the growth in enrolment in that school and the over reliance on temporary accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26039/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an early stage of architectural planning. The Design Team are currently working on the Stage 2(a) Submission (Developed Sketch Design).

To ensure that every child has access to a school place, the delivery of projects to meet the increasing demographic demands will be the main focus for capital investment over the next 5 years, particularly in those areas where it has been identified that most future demographic growth will be concentrated.

The project referred to will continue to progress through the design stages of architectural planning within the context of available funding. However, due to competing demands on my Departments capital budget, it is not possible at this time to progress the project to tender and construction stage.

Brendan Smith

Question:

83 Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a capital works application submitted by a school (details supplied) in County Limerick in 2007. [26061/12]

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The school, referred to by the Deputy, applied to my Department for funding towards classroom accommodation and refurbishment works.

My Department approved funding for classroom accommodation to meet the school's immediate demands. However further correspondence in the matter has been received from the school earlier this week. My Department will be in direct contact with the school when this correspondence has been assessed.

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