Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (92)

Jack Chambers


92. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 170 of 24 September 2019, the timeline for the removal of pyrite completely from a school (details supplied); his plans for suitable accommodation for the students while the work is in progress; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40333/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

These issues are being dealt with under my Department's Emergency Works Scheme. In that context, approval was given recently for works to take place under the scheme.

At the same time, the school is progressing with its application for works under Additional Accomodation Scheme. Officals in my Department have been in contact with it recently in that respect.  

Once the presence of pyrite in the school referred to by the Deputy was established,  my Department's Planning and Building Unit sought legal advice as to how to  proceed.   The matter has been referred to the Chief State Solicitor’s Office.

The Deputy will appreciate that as this matter is still being dealt with by the Chief State Solicitors Office it is not possible for me to comment further at present.