Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (101)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

101. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he has received communication from the various school authorities at primary and second level throughout County Kildare in respect of the provision of new or replacement school buildings, permanent and/or temporary; his plans to meet such requirements in the current year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12201/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The 5 Year Construction Programme that I announced in March 2012, together with my recent announcement of the 50 school projects which are scheduled for construction in the current year as part of a €2 billion capital investment programme, outlines the major school projects that will commence construction over the duration of the Plan (2012-2016). The primary aim at the core of the Five Year Plan is focused on meeting demographic demands to ensure that every child will have access to a physical school place and that our school system is in a position to cope with increasing pupil numbers.

Two of the 50 projects scheduled to proceed to construction in the current year are located in Kildare. The current status of all projects on the school building programme, including those in County Kildare, may be viewed on my Department's website at www.education.ie and this will be updated regularly throughout the year. In addition, my Department will also consider applications by schools for funding for additional mainstream classrooms, which schools may provide on a permanent basis, where an immediate enrolment need is arising.

Question No. 102 answered with Question No. 90.