Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (112)

Noel Coonan


112. 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. [10478/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Major Building Project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning.

The school is currently working with its Design Team on the Stage 2a - Developed Design.

Due to competing demands on my Department's 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 this project in the five year construction programme.

Schools 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 my Department in future years.

The project referred to by the Deputy remains available to be considered for progression in that context.