Thursday, 16 July 2015

Questions (663)

Noel Coonan


663. Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary that has applied for an extension; the time frame for completion of works; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29862/15]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The project referred to by the Deputy has recently completed the Design Team Appointment process. The project is to provide for refurbishment of the listed building on site and an extension to provide overall accommodation for a 16 classroom school. My Department has already secured planning permission for the project using in-house Architectural resources. The newly appointed design team will work on the basis established under that planning permission to bring this project through the remaining stages of the architectural planning process.Due to competing demands on my 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 for this school, which have been 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 my Department in the future.