Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (259)

Anne Rabbitte


259. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Skills the level of funding provided for the provision of ASD units in 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. [45044/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The specific information requested by the Deputy is not available within my Department. Building projects by their nature include the provision of accommodation for various purposes including special needs and the overall project cost therefore includes the cost of all accommodation provided as part of an individual school project.

I wish to advise the Deputy that the current status of building projects being delivered by my Department may be viewed on my Department's website, www.education.ie.

Large scale projects, including new schools, being delivered under the school building programme are listed by county along with school name and address. The current status of each school project is also provided.

In addition, a list of large-scale projects completed from 2010 to date, again broken down by county, along with school name and address may also be viewed on the website.

Regarding other types of projects, for example additional accommodation, emergency works etc., information on these is also available on my Department’s website and includes the school details and the nature of the works.

The status of projects listed on my Department’s website is updated on a regular basis to reflect their progress through the various stages of design, tender and construction.

The provision of education for children with special needs is an ongoing priority for Government. Currently, we spend almost 20% of the total Education Vote or €1.9bn on supporting children with special needs.