Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (361, 362, 363, 364, 366)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

361. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the immediate safety of the building users of a school (details supplied) will be guaranteed in view of the requirement for further construction works. [35504/19]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

362. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills the nature of the construction works at a school (details supplied); and the reason the work is being carried out. [35505/19]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

363. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills the alterative provisions being made for the crèche to operate fully in view of the requirement for further construction works at a school (details supplied) during the summer periods of 2020 and 2021. [35506/19]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

364. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the engineers report relevant to the construction works carried out and required at a school (details supplied) will be provided. [35507/19]

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Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

366. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the temporary engineering solutions and other precautionary measures referenced in the press release on 14 August 2019 will be fully complete before 26 August 2019 when the crèche returns and before the beginning of the new school term. [35509/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 361 to 364, inclusive, and Question No. 366 together.

The works required to implement precautionary measures at the school to which the Deputy refers have been completed. The school opened as planned on the 28th of August last. I understand that the crèche returned on the 26th of August.

The work completed entails some internal engineering solutions and external precautionary measures such as protective decking. These works were carried out pending the implementation of permanent remediation solutions to address structural issues with the building.

My Department intends to pursue the contractor for the costs of the precautionary measures and the subsequent permanent remediation works. For legal reasons, therefore, engineering reports are not being released at this time. My Department has provided the school with written confirmation that the building is safe to occupy on the basis of the engineering advice.

The arrangement for the crèche to use part of the school building is a local private arrangement between the school authority and the crèche. The crèche itself is a private company. On that basis, it will be a matter for the company to make alternative accommodation arrangements when permanent remediation works are being carried out at the school. My Department will be giving the school authority as much notice as possible of the timetable for those works.