Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (144)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

146 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to roll out further school building projects under the PPP system; and if he has evaluated the outcome for schools already delivered under this programme [34600/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

It is planned to deliver a further bundle of 8 schools through the Department's Public Private Partnership Programme (PPP).

A preferred tenderer (BAM PPP) was appointed by the National Development Finance Agency in September 2011 following which planning applications were made. Grant of planning was received for the last of the sites in May this year. The NDFA is currently involved in negotiations with BAM PPP. Once these negotiations are successfully finalised, it is anticipated that a contract for the construction of the entire bundle of 8 schools will be awarded.

The NDFA is currently carrying out a review of the pilot bundle of PPP schools. This review includes an audit of the schools and an evaluation of the project to date.