Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (95)

Joanna Tuffy

Question:

95. Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application for school extension in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21047/13]

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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. My Department's review of the Stage 1 report which was submitted by the Board of Management and their Design Team is nearing completion. Upon completion of this review, subject to no issues arising, the project will be authorised to proceed to Stage 2A, which is the Developed Sketch Design Stage. 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 previously initiated 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 this context.