Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Questions (133)

Shane Cassells


133. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has liaised with a school (details supplied) in County Meath regarding improving road safety for students and staff in the vicinity of the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46798/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In general, individual school authorities are responsible, in the first instance, for ensuring the safety and welfare of children and others in their care. 

The issue of road safety measures in the road network outside the area of vested school sites such as road signage, traffic calming measures, car parking and pedestrian facilities are the responsibility in the first instance of the relevant local authority.  Local Authorities have the power to decide on road safety measures outside schools to ensure that measures are in place to protect the safety of local school children. My Department has no function in this matter.

I can confirm to the Deputy than an application for External Environment Projects (Category 10) has been received from the school authority, in question, under my Department's multi-annual Summer Works Scheme (SWS) 2020 onwards.

I wish to advise that commensurate with the level of funding available for SWS in 2020, applications will be assessed on a top down basis in accordance with the prioritisation criteria outlined in the governing Circular Letter for the Scheme.  This Circular Letter (0027/2019) is available on my Department's website

It is my intention to publish a list of successful applicants in Q4, 2019 for works to be carried out in summer 2020.