Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Jim O'Keeffe


496 Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties involving the local contribution for improvement work to a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will take steps, through an additional rural disadvantage grant or otherwise, to assist in the resolution of the problem. [27554/01]

Under the new funding arrangements for building projects introduced in January 1999, the amount of the local contribution for school extensions was reduced from 15% to 10% and, in addition, the contribution was capped at £25,000. These arrangements are of a general application and it not open to me to depart from them in individual cases. I am, however, arranging for an inspector of my Department to visit the school and discuss the particular circumstances with the school authorities.