Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (47)

Michelle Mulherin

Question:

47. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) in County Mayo was refused a grant under the summer works scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23663/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can confirm that the school referred to by the Deputy submitted a category 1 application under the 2014 Summer Works Scheme. The application relates to Gas Works.

The Deputy 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 over 770 schools undertake improvement works during the summer months.

In the case of the school, referred to by the Deputy, my Department liaised with the school regarding the summer works project sought in the context of the proposed major capital project earmarked for the school. As a new school building on a greenfield site is being progressed into the architectural planning process for the school in question, it was agreed with the school not to proceed with the application made under the summer works scheme.