Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (433)

Brendan Griffin


433. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education the efforts she is making to provide a new primary school for an area (details supplied); if her attention has been drawn to the condition of the existing facility that is over 100 years old; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6857/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of an application, from the school in question, for major capital works comprising of a new school building.

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 particularly in the second half of Project 2040 period. The school authority's application will be considered under the Project Ireland 2040 capital envelope at the earliest opportunity.

In the interim, should the school authority consider that it does not have sufficient capacity, in terms of mainstream teaching accommodation, it is open to them to apply for accommodation under the Additional School Accommodation Scheme, details of which are available on my Department's website The purpose of the ASA scheme is to ensure that essential classroom accommodation is available to cater for pupils enrolled each year and where the need cannot be met by the school's existing accommodation.