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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 29 November 2016

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Questions (180, 222, 223)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

180. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the next round of capital funding for major school works will be announced. [36954/16]

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Thomas Byrne

Question:

222. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the major capital projects which were announced to begin construction in 2016 and which have not commenced yet. [37458/16]

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Thomas Byrne

Question:

223. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the major capital projects which were announced to go to construction in 2017 and which are now expected to proceed. [37459/16]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 180, 222 and 223 together.

In response to the Deputy’s questions, all major school projects which were on the Construction Programmes announced by the previous Ministers and have not reached tender and construction stage will continue to be progressed through the architectural and design stages and remain to be considered for progression to tender and construction stages over the course of 2017. It is my Department's intention to fully implement these programmes to completion.

As the Deputy will appreciate, the decision as to when an individual school project can commence the tender and construction stage depends on factors such as the stage reached by the project in the architectural process, the extent of contractual commitments and the availability of funding under the programme at that time. I also wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is liaising directly with each of these schools in relation to their projects. Details of the schools that are approved to advance to tender and construction stage over the course of 2017 will be updated to my Department's website www.education.ie at the appropriate time.

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