Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (559)

Micheál Martin

Question:

559. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the criteria used to determine priority sanctioning of emergency works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33491/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that the main purpose of the Emergency Works Scheme is to ensure the availability of funding for urgent works to those schools that are most in need of resources as a result of an emergency situation or on receipt of an enrolment application from a special needs pupil.

An emergency is a situation which poses an immediate risk to health, life, property or the environment; which is sudden, unforeseen and requires immediate action; and, in the case of a school, if not corrected would prevent the school or part thereof from opening.

The scheme is delivered in accordance with the Emergency Works Circular 0018/2011 and each application is assessed on its own merits. The Emergency Works Circular and Application Form are both available on my Department's website www.education.ie.