Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (103)

Joanna Tuffy


103. Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on the need for additional accommodation for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26598/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy will be aware, there are two schools on this site, a Junior School and a Senior School. Both schools have temporary accommodation, in the ownership of the schools, in addition to their permanent structures and have applied to my Department for replacement permanent buildings. The next step to progressing a building project for the schools involves the appointment of a design team and the commencement of the architectural planning process. School building projects such as this one, that are not included in the 5 year construction programme, will continue to be progressed to final planning stages in anticipation of further funds being available to my Department in future years.

Information in respect of the current status of all assessed applications for major capital works is available on my Department's website which is updated regularly throughout the year. Funding under my Department's Prefab Replacement Initiative announced in March 2012 was not offered to the schools in question as the initiative was available to schools to replace rented prefabs only. The schools were not considered for devolved grants as the proposed building project is expected to address the various deficiencies within the school buildings. The schools received a total of €34,900 under my Department's Minor Works Scheme in November 2011. It is open to the schools concerned to prioritise the use of these funds to address works of a capital nature requiring attention.