Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (561)

Seán Fleming


561. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of school building projects in which the total of each project exceeded €20 million that have been completed in the past four years; the location and cost of each project by category of primary, secondary and third-level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33504/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The vast bulk of school building projects completed in the last four years cost less than €20 million.

A joint building project comprising of Bremore Educate Together Secondary School, which was substantially complete by November 2018, and Scoil Chormaic Primary School, which was substantially complete by December 2017, both located in Balbriggan cost approximately €23.72 million.

The Schools Bundle 4 and Schools Bundle 5 Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme are paid for by way of a monthly Unitary Charge which the Department pays to the PPP company over a 25 year period. The overall cost of each bundle exceeded €20 million, however, the individual cost per school within the bundle is not available.

Schools Bundle 4 comprises of four second level schools: St. Joseph's Tulla, Skibbereen Community School, St. Mary’s College, Dundalk and Comeragh College, Carrick on Suir. All schools reached service commencement during 2016.

Schools Bundle 5 comprises of five school buildings and one further education college. Coláiste Raithín (Secondary School), Ravenswell Primary School in Bray, Loreto Secondary School in Wexford reached service commencement in 2018. Eureka Secondary School in Kells and Carlow IFE achieved service commencement in 2019. The remaining secondary school in Carlow is at an advanced stage.

Regarding the NDFA Programme and school building projects completed over €20m, Bundles 1, 2 and 3 (as bundles) exceeded €20 million.

Bundle 1 consisted of five schools: Griffeen Valley Educate Together, Lucan, Co Dublin; St Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda, Co Louth; Navan Educate Together, Co Meath; SN Bheinn Naofa Boys, Duleek, Co Meath and SN Bheinn Naofa Girls, Duleek, Co Meath.

Bundle 2 consisted of four schools: North Kildare Educate Together, Celbridge, Co Kildare; Tullow CS, Co Carlow; St Brigid’s NS, Kilcullen, Co Kildare and Scoil Náisiúnta Bhride, Clane, Co Kildare.

Bundle 3 consisted of six schools: Cloughduv NS, Coachford, Co Cork; Watergrasshill NS, Fermoy, Co Cork; Nagle Rice, NS, Milltown, Co Kerry; Galvone NS, & Southill JS, Limerick City; Presentation School, Milltown, Co Kerry and CBS Secondary School, Middleton, Co Cork.

At 3rd Level, Grangegorman Development Agency (Site Infrastructure and Public Realm) was substantially complete in 2015 at a cost of approximately €37 million, National University of Ireland, Galway (Human Biology Building) was substantially complete in 2017 at a cost of approximately €26 million and University of Limerick (Glucksman Library) was substantially complete in 2018, again at a cost of approximately €26 million.