Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (357)

Dara Calleary


357. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a funding application by a school (details supplied). [19591/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to inform the Deputy that an application for capital funding to build a sport hall has been received from the school in question.

The Deputy will be aware that under the National Development Plan (NDP), increased funding has been provided for the school sector capital investment programme. This funding allows for a continued focus on the provision of new permanent school places to keep pace with demographic demand and also provides for an additional focus on the refurbishment of existing school buildings to include the building and modernisation of PE facilities in post-primary schools.

Under the Ireland Project 2040, we will invest €8.4 billion (compared to €4.9 billion in the previous decade) in primary and post primary school buildings.

The immediate priority of my Department is providing 20,000 new and replacement school places each year, to ensure that every child has a school place. The government will focus in the medium term on the provision of PE facilities in post primary schools.