Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (201)

Michael Healy-Rae


201. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a physical education hall will be provided for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51473/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department has recently received an application, from the school in question, for capital funding for the provision of a PE Hall.

Under the National Development Plan (NDP), increased funding has been provided for the school sector capital investment programme. This funding allows for a continued focus on the provision of new permanent school places to keep pace with demographic demand and also provides for an additional focus on the refurbishment of existing school buildings to include the building and modernisation of PE facilities in schools.

The immediate priority of my Department is providing 20,000 new and replacement school places each year, to ensure that every child has a school place. The focus in the medium will be on the provision of PE halls in post-primary schools.

The School Authority has been informed accordingly.