Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Questions (121)

Joan Burton


121. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress on a permanent school building for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42619/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The procurement process for a bundle of projects is due to commence in the coming weeks with the publication of a contract notice to determine a shortlist of interested contractors.  The new school building for the school referred to by the Deputy is part of this bundle of projects.

The procurement process (and the associated tendering to short-listed contractors) for this bundle of projects will be ongoing during Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.

It is anticipated that construction of this school building project will commence in Q2 2020. A phased construction programme is planned to facilitate occupation of the new permanent school building by end 2020/early 2021.

My Department is well aware of the urgency of this project and the issues in relation to it's current temporary location and will be working with the school authorities in relation to solutions for same.