Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Questions (115)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

115. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new permanent school building for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9; the reason for the delay in the new building being completed; the target date for completion; if the school can remain in its temporary premises until the new building is completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4502/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school building project to which the Deputy refers is at Tender stage. While the application for planning permission was complicated by a Request for Further Information by the Local Authority, the Depauty can be assured that, since planning permission was granted, the project has been progressed without delay.

Following a tender process, the Letter of Intent issued on the 21st January 2019. When the tender analysis is complete the Letter of Acceptance appointing the contractor will then issue. The Letter of Acceptance is expected to issue and construction to commence in Quarter 1, 2019.

It is intended that construction will take place in a manner to allow for a phased handover of sufficient accomodation to meet the schools needs on its permanent site for the start of the 2019/20 school year. My Department has kept the schools Patron Body fully informed of progress to date and will continue to do so.

Question No. 116 answered with Question No. 113.