Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Questions (807)

Charlie McConalogue


807. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the additional expenditure her Department will need to incur from 2017 to 2022 to deal with demographic pressures, with a breakdown of the areas in which this spending will be incurred. [1158/16]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The announcement on 29 September 2015 of the Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital investment 2016-2021 specifies an investment of €4 billion to the Education sector through direct exchequer provision and the PPP programme. In excess of €3 billion of the investment is in respect of the School sector and in the order of 75% of this amount will be expended on the provision of permanent school places.

Last November, I announced a new programme of over 300 major school building projects for the period 2016 to 2021 - details available on my Department's website. These projects together with approvals under the devolved Additional Accommodation Scheme are designed to meet the increases in pupil numbers that will arise in both the primary and post-primary school sectors.