Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (258, 267)

Seán Kenny

Question:

258. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Skills when an application for funding under the summer works scheme to replace windows will be approved in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 5. [21343/14]

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Terence Flanagan

Question:

267. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if funding will be provided by his Department to enable a school (details supplied) in Dublin 5 to replace its windows; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21451/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 258 and 267 together. I can confirm that the school referred to by the Deputies submitted an application for window replacement under the 2014 Summer Works Scheme. The Deputies will be aware that I recently announced details of the schools that will receive Summer Works Scheme funding in 2014 in respect of applications submitted for Categories 1 to 6 i.e. Gas, Electrical, Mechanical, Toilet Facilities and Roof Works projects. In total, I have approved the spending of more than €70 million on the Summer Works Scheme to allow 772 schools undertake improvement works during the summer months. Commensurate with the level of funding set aside for the Scheme, applications were assessed on a top down basis in accordance with the prioritisation criteria outlined in the Circular accompanying the Scheme. Unfortunately, due to the scale of demand for funding under the Scheme, it was not possible to grant aid all applications. However, in accordance with the Scheme's Circular, the school's application will be retained and will be prioritised for consideration under further rounds of the Summer Works Scheme in the future, subject to availability of funding.