Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Questions (145)

Bobby Aylward


145. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding access for a school (details supplied) to the sports hall building programme for the provision of adequate physical education facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20370/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

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 schools.

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 focus in the medium term will be on the provision of PE halls in post-primary schools.