Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (206)

Niall Collins


206. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) will be awarded a grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39546/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In March 2015 a grant was approved under the Additional Accommodation Scheme to enable the Board of Management to provide a Resource Room.  This grant was increased in December 2016 to allow for additional works to be carried out to the school.

The project went to tender in February 2018 with a significantly increased scope which included works that had not been approved by my Department. The school has been advised that the Department will not fund these unapproved works. It has been informed that if it wishes to proceed with the proposed accommodation then any consequential additional costs will have to be met from its own resources. Otherwise, it should revise its project to be consistent with its grant approval.  The school has not, to date, confirmed that it will cover the shortfall on the project.