Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (149)

Noel Coonan


152 Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a building project for a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the timeframe for completion of works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34758/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

The project at the school to which the Deputy refers is at an early stage of architectural planning. The school was recently authorised to instruct its design team to proceed to Stage 2a (Developed Design) of the architectural planning process.

Due to competing demands on the Departments capital budget imposed by the need to prioritise the limited funding available for the provision of additional school accommodation to meet increasing demographic requirements it was not possible to include the project referred to by the Deputy in the 5 year construction programme announced in March.

School building projects, including the project referred to by the Deputy, which have not been included in the five year construction programme, but which were announced for initial inclusion in the building programme will continue to be progressed to final planning stages in anticipation of the possibility of further funds being available to the Department in future years.