Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (514)

Seán Sherlock


514. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills when funding will be granted to complete all phases of a school (details supplied). [33083/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The project referred to by the Deputy is currently in architectural planning. The school will be delivered under my Department's Design & Build Programme. This delivery programme uses a professional external Project Manager to progress the project through the relevant stages of architectural planning, tendering and construction.

On Thursday May 30th the Principal and a representative of the Board of Management attended a meeting at the Department offices in Tullamore to view the proposed plans. Following the meeting minor amendments were requested by the Board of Management. The Board of Management confirmed their satisfaction with the revised plans on June 21st.

The design is being progressed in preparation for the planning application which will be the next key step in the progression of the project.

The timeframe for delivery of the school will be dependent on the grant of planning permission. Once planning permission is secured a tender competition to appoint a building contractor will be required. The schools Board of Management will be kept informed of progress by Department officials throughout.