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Schools Building Projects Status

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 13 May 2020

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (206)

John Brady


206. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of an extension for a school (details supplied); the timeframe for same; the site on which the extension will be located; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4410/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The project referred to by the Deputy has been devolved to the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) for delivery as part of a programme of school building projects.

The Department has approved an extension for Coláiste Chraobh Abhann to accommodate 1,000 pupils. We are in the process of acquiring a site extension to facilitate same and a decision has been made to accelerate its delivery within the context of the NDFA programme.

The NDFA is currently undertaking the second phase of the process of appointment of multi-disciplinary technical advisors (design teams) for these projects. This process will involve a number of call-off competitions for bundles of projects from a framework.

Thereafter, the NDFA will ensure that the project progresses to design stage, obtains the necessary statutory planning permission, and moves the project onward to tender and 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.

Please be assured that the NDFA will be engaging directly with the school authority to keep it informed of progress.