Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (242)

Gerald Nash

Question:

242. Deputy Gerald Nash asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for the development of a school (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30118/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Major Building Project referred to by the Deputy is currently at an early Stage of Architectural Planning. The Department is currently awaiting submission by the Board of Management and its Design team of an addendum to the Stage 2a report. Following review of this addendum report, and subject to no further issues arising, the project will be authorised to proceed to apply for planning permission and statutory approvals. 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 construction programme.

School building projects, including this project, which have not been included in the 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 the Department in the future.