Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (363)

Charlie McConalogue


363. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the inventory of school accommodation will be completed. [32111/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department provides an online inventory of school accommodation which is available for completion by schools on the Department's Esinet portal. The Inventory captures key data and statistics on the existing school building stock throughout the country at both primary and post-primary levels. To date approximately 80% of schools have completed or are in the process of completing the online inventory.

In tandem with this a pilot study was undertaken by my Department to develop an inventory of education infrastructure and related community assets in five areas in the country. The geographic areas included for the pilot study were Tuam, Navan, Clonmel, Portlaoise, and part of Limerick City.

The research information gathered from this pilot study was in a format compatible with current Department information systems, such as the Geographic Information System (GIS). This allows my Department to overlay the new information such as site maps, floor plans and other data on to its current GIS mapping system.

It is the intention that this expanded inventory data will now be developed on an incremental basis at a national level.