Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (446)

Joe McHugh

Question:

446. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Education the status of capital investment in schools (details supplied) which were all sanctioned funding under the previous Government; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8720/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that grant aid has been approved under my Department's Additional School Accommodation Scheme for the three schools in question as follows:

Loreto Community College 91500L was approved under the Additional Accommodation Scheme 2019 to build 11 general classrooms (4 as prefab replacement), 2 SET rooms, 1 Technical Graphics room, 2 Science Lab with Prep area, 1 Art room, and ancillary accommodation. A Design Team was recently appointed to this project and the next step will be for this school to submit its Stage 1 report for review by my Department.

Royal and Prior Comprehensive School (81011L) was approved under the Additional Accommodation Scheme 2020 to build 3 Science labs with 1 Prep area, 1 Construction Studies room with prep area, 1 Art room, 1 Project storage, conversion works to create a general classroom, and the demolition of its existing Sports Hall. A new PE Hall funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs will also be delivered as part of this project. A Design Team was recently appointed to this project and the next step will be for this school to submit its Stage 1 report for review by my Department.

Rosses Community College (91407T) was approved under the Additional Accommodation Scheme 2019 to build a 3 classroom SEN base, 1 Music room, 1 DCG room and 1 Textiles toom. A Stage 1 submission was received by my Department. Following assessment by officials, my Department has reverted back to the school with proposed changes. It is now up to the school to consider these changes and respond to the Department with a revised stage report.

All three projects have been devolved for delivery to the relevant School Authority.