Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (85)

Pearse Doherty


85. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the capital allocation of his Department in each of the years 2020 to 2025; and the areas to which funds will be allocated in each year. [52209/19]

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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.

Capital planning and budgeting is undertaken on a multi-annual basis. Under Project Ireland 2040, the education sector will receive a total of approximately €12 billion over the period 2018-2027. This includes some €8.8 billion for the schools sector and €2.2 billion for higher education infrastructure. The specific allocations in each area are closely monitored and may be adjusted from year to year to take account of project progress and other factors.

My Department's capital allocation for 2020 is €922m of which the School Capital Programme is envisaged to be the largest element (€620m). Details of large-scale projects being delivered under the school building programme may be viewed on my Department's website, and this information is updated regularly.