Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (257)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

257. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Skills the level of funding provided through school capital programmes for each county in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45042/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department's Capital Programme continues to make progress to increase the infrastructural capacity in the schools sector nationally, in order to meet demographic and other demands.

The Capital Programme details the school projects that are being progressed through the architectural planning process. The Capital Programme also provides for devolved funding for additional classrooms, if required, for schools where an immediate enrolment need has been identified or where an additional teacher has been appointed.

The School Capital Programme allocation, on a national basis, for the period 2016 to 2019 is set out in the following table. These allocations are not divided on a county basis:

2016

2017

2018

2019

€527m

€496m

€539.6m

€622m

My Department’s website shows the current position on all school projects on the Capital Programme, as well as listing the schools that have had large-scale projects completed from 2010 to date. These are listed on a county basis. The information is available at www.education.ie and is updated regularly.

The 2019 School Capital Programme allocation (amounting to €622m) will be expended primarily on the delivery of large scale projects and on the Additional Accommodation Scheme. The balance available in 2019 will be expended on site acquisitions, the Summer Works Scheme, the Emergency Works Scheme, furniture and equipment provision and other smaller programmes.