Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (228)

Joe Carey


228. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Education and Skills the outcome of a meeting in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24368/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department sanctioned a devolved grant to the school in question in March, 2012 to provide 8 permanent mainstream classrooms. The building project, when completed, will replace 4 classrooms which were located in prefabs, replace 2 small classrooms with modern facilities and provide 2 additional classrooms to cater for future growth.

Limerick and Clare ETB are assisting the school in managing the building project and works commenced on site in February, 2014. The school outlined their request for a PE hall to me during my recent visit to the school. I indicated that the request would be considered in the context of the need, initially, to provide essential classroom accommodation to meet demographic need nationally. In the meantime, the building project currently on site will significantly enhance the school's facilities. My Department will retain the school's application for a PE hall on file in the context of any future funding becoming available.