Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (99)

Brendan Smith

Question:

99. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the proposed building project for a school (details supplied) in County Cavan; the current stage of this project; when the project is likely to proceed to the next stage; the timescale for construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18449/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Major School Building Project referred to by the Deputy is currently at Stage 2a Developed Sketch Design of Architectural Planning.

The Stage 2a Submission for the project is currently under review in my Department. Following the review of the submission, subject to no issues arising, the project will proceed to Stage 2b Detailed Design which includes planning and other statutory permission and the preparation of tender documents.

On completion of Stage 2b Detailed Design, officials from my Department will contact the Board of Management with regard to the potential, at that time, for further progression of the project.

Due to competing demands on the 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 5 year construction programme announced in March 2012.

School building projects, including the project referred to by the Deputy, which were previously initiated but not included in the current five year construction programme 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.