Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (31, 32)

Pat the Cope Gallagher

Question:

31. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills when applications by schools (details supplied) were made for improvement works and or extensions at the respective schools; the interactions that have taken place between his Department and the respective schools in the intervening period of time; the future actions he plans to take in regard to each of the respective applications; the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19410/19]

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Pat the Cope Gallagher

Question:

32. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding schools (details supplied) which are awaiting sanction for improvement works or extensions; the timeline for the delivery of these projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19409/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 31 and 32 together.

The current positions on the proposed projects for the schools referred to by the Deputy are as follows:

In relation to the first and fourth schools, in question: My Department is finalising the project brief for a capital projects at these schools. This process will be completed shortly and my Department will be in contact with the School Authorities shortly with a view to progressing the projects.

In relation to the Gaelscoil, a building project for this school is included in my Department’s Construction Programme which is being delivered under the National Development Plan. The project will be delivered via the ADAPT programme which is an innovative delivery programme first introduced by my Department in 2016. It uses a professional external Project Manager to coordinate and drive the respective design teams on each project. My Department recently wrote to the school to provide an update on the status of the project.

In relation to the third school, my Department is in receipt of an application for capital funding at this school. This application is currently under assessment and my Department has been in recent contact with the School Management Authority with a view to progressing the project.

In relation to the final school, the major building project for this school is currently at Stage 2a (Developed Design). At this stage the preferred option design is developed to a stage where the project is fully cost planned and can be prepared to lodge for statutory approvals. On receipt of the Stage 2(a) report a stakeholders meeting will be arranged to which the school will be invited and if there are no issues outstanding after that meeting the project can be authorised to progress to Stage 2(b) - Detailed Design Stage, where statutory approvals are secured and tender documentation is prepared.