Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (166)

Paul Kehoe


166. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress on a building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53575/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is in the process of being devolved to Waterford & Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) for delivery.

The acquisition of a site to facilitate the construction of permanent accommodation for the school is at an advanced stage of the conveyancing process. Due to commercial and legal sensitivities relating to site acquisitions generally, I am not in a position to provide further details at this time. However, I can assure the Deputy that my officials are working to bring matters to a conclusion at the earliest possible date.

In the meantime, my Department is engaged with WWETB with a view to putting in place a Service Level Agreement (SLA) which is the next step in progressing the project.

Once the SLA is in place, the ETB will procure a design team for the project to design the building, obtain the necessary statutory planning permission, and move the project onward to construction in due course. As the project is at an early stage in the delivery process, it is not possible at this time to give a date for its completion.