Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (228, 229, 230, 232, 235, 237, 238, 239, 240, 242, 247, 248, 249)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

228. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number and location of second level schools in north County Kildare scheduled for improvement or replacement and in respect of which submissions have been made by the various school authorities; the extent to which progress is being achieved or otherwise in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26894/19]

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Bernard Durkan

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229. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number and location of primary schools in north County Kildare scheduled for improvement or replacement and in respect of which submissions have been made by the various school authorities; the extent to which progress is being achieved or otherwise in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26895/19]

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Bernard Durkan

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230. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of school replacements, extensions or upgrades submitted by the various school authorities throughout north County Kildare at primary and second level in respect of which construction progress is in hand, is planned for an early date or is awaiting attention; when it is expected that each of the projects will be concluded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26896/19]

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Bernard Durkan

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232. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which the school building programme continues in line with expectation and projections with particular reference to the country in general and County Kildare in particular; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26898/19]

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Bernard Durkan

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235. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of primary and secondary schools in north County Kildare in respect of which proposals have been received for the upgrading or provision of new facilities; the extent to which he expects to respond positively to respective requests in 2019, in view of the urgency of the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26901/19]

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Bernard Durkan

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237. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which primary and second level school construction or upgrading requirements are being met in Naas, County Kildare; if the projects are progressing in line with expectations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26903/19]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

238. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which primary and second-level school construction or upgrading requirements are being met in Maynooth, County Kildare; if ongoing projects are progressing in line with expectations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26904/19]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

239. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which primary and second level school construction or upgrading requirements are being met in Celbridge, County Kildare; if the programme remains adequate to meet the demand; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26905/19]

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Bernard Durkan

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240. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which primary and second level school construction or upgrading requirements are being met in Kilcock, County Kildare; if the programme remains adequate to meet the demand in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26906/19]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

242. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the up-to-date position in regard to the proposed extension, upgrading or replacement of facilities at primary and post-primary level in Clane, County Kildare; the precise stage of development in each case with a view to identifying the extent to which the needs can be met in the medium to short-term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26908/19]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

247. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position in regard to a proposed extension, upgrading or replacement of facilities at primary and post-primary level in Sallins, County Kildare; the stage of the development in each case with a view to identifying the extent to which the needs can be met in the medium to short-term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26913/19]

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Bernard Durkan

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248. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position in regard to the proposed extension, upgrading or replacement of facilities at primary and post-primary level in Prosperous, County Kildare; the precise stage of development in each case with a view to identifying the extent to which the needs can be met in the medium to short-term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26914/19]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

249. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills position in regard to the proposed extension, upgrading or replacement of facilities at primary level in Derrinturn, Carbury, County Kildare; the precise stage of the development in each case with a view to identifying the extent to which the needs can be met in the medium to short-term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26915/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 228 to 230, inclusive, 232, 235, 237 to 240, inclusive, 242 and 247 to 249, inclusive, together.

Under Project Ireland 2040, the Department continues to make progress to increase the infrastructural capacity in the schools sector nationally, in order to meet demographic and other demands.

In 2019, capital allocation for the school sector amounts to €622m which is an increase of €80m on the allocation for 2018.

It is anticipated that construction activity in 2018 and 2019 will deliver approx. 40,000 additional and replacement school places. This will facilitate the replacement of over 600 prefabs which is a key element of our prefab replacement programme. It will also facilitate the provision/modernisation of the sports facilities and science laboratories in these schools.

In April 2018, the Government announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022). This announcement followed nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the 4-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure. A new 16 classroom primary school (to be established in September 2019) in Ashbourne and a new special school in Dublin 15 were also announced in 2019 bringing the overall total to 44.

As the Deputy is aware, I announced details of the structural remediation programme last week which has now commenced.

My Department regularly updates the current position on all projects on the school building programme and this information is available in county format on my Department's website at www.education.ie.