I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department's current focus is to prioritise funding for essential classroom accommodation to meet demographic need.
The Deputy will be aware that the National Development Plan (NDP) provides for an €8.4 billion investment in school buildings over the period 2018 to 2027 to deliver on NDP and National Planning Framework objectives through addressing the twin priorities of catering for demographics and ensuring a strengthened focus on refurbishment of existing school stock. The announcement referred to the commitment to a PE Hall build and modernisation programme in post primary schools, starting in the second half of the Project Ireland 2040 period. The manner in which this commitment will be progressed will be determined at that point.
I am aware of the important role that PE in schools plays in the development of a healthy lifestyle and this will continue to be a priority issue for my Department.