Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (221, 222, 223)

Brendan Ryan

Question:

221. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for inclusion in the prefab replacement programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16548/19]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

222. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeline for inclusion of a school (details supplied) in the prefab replacement programme; when work on replacing prefab structures which have been in place at the school for over 30 years will begin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16549/19]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

223. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of replacing prefabs at a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16550/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 221 to 223, inclusive, together.

I can confirm to the Deputy that an application has been received for capital funding, including the replacement of prefabricated structures, from the school in question.

The application is currently under consideration and as soon as a decision has been made, the school authority will be notified directly.

In general, once approval is given to a school for the replacement of prefabricated structures under my Department's Additional School Accommodation Scheme, a grant amount is determined based on the number and size of prefabricated structures to be replaced. The timing of when these projects go to construction is a matter for the school authority as all projects are devolved for delivery. The Additional School Accommodation Scheme also provides for devolved funding for additional classrooms, if required, for schools where an immediate enrolment need has been identified or where an additional teacher has been appointed. Details of schools listed on this programme, including those approved for the replacement of prefabs, can be found on my Department's website www.education.ie, this information is updated regularly.