Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (182)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

182. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if funding is available to primary schools for the installation of acoustic panels which absorb background noise to assist children with cochlear implants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51654/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to inform the Deputy that all new school buildings are built in accordance with my Department's Technical Guidance documents. Included in these documents is specific information regarding measures to be undertaken in relation to the management of the acoustics of the building.

In the case of older school buildings, should the school authority identify issues with the acoustics they can apply for funding under my Departments Emergency Works Scheme to carry out minimum works necessary to address the matter.  The Emergency Works application form and circular are both available on my Department's website: www.education.ie