Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (146)

Robert Troy

Question:

148 Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills in view of the recent announcement that funding has been secured from the European Investment Bank for the construction of schools, if his Department will be hiring professionals such as architects and quantity surveyors to carry out the works or if these positions have already been filled. [34636/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

I announced last March details of the 275 large scale building projects that will proceed to construction over the five year period 2012-2016 at a cost of €1.5 billion. The €100m loan being provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB) will assist in the funding of the €1.5 billion investment.

The school projects that will benefit from the EIB investment are included in the press release issued on 6 July 2012. As these projects are expected to be completed by 2014, a Design Team has been in place in respect of each project for some considerable time at this stage. The Design Team consists of an architect, quantity surveyor, structural engineer and mechanical and electrical engineer.