Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

John Bruton

Ceist:

120 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for St. Joseph's Secondary School, Athboy, County Meath. [23110/02]

My Department has an extensive post-primary school's building programme under way at present with a substantial financial commitment being carried forward into 2003. The matter of allowing additional projects into architectural planning will be decided when all budgetary issues for 2003 have been finalised and the precise allocations for 2003 fully determined. In regard to the schools in Athboy, the building unit of my Department has determined that a new school to cater for 550 pupils is required as a result of the amalgamation of St. James's vocational school and St. Joseph's secondary school. Currently, efforts are concentrated on identifying a suitable site with a number of options being considered.

John Bruton

Ceist:

121 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Eureka Secondary School, Kells, County Meath. [23111/02]

My Department has an extensive post-primary school's building programme under way with a substantial financial commitment being carried forward into 2003. The matter of allowing additional projects into architectural planning will be decided when all budgetary issues for 2003 have been finalised and the precise allocations for 2003 fully determined. In regard to the Eureka secondary school, Kells, County Meath, efforts to acquire a site for a new school continue with a number of options being examined.

John Bruton

Ceist:

122 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Rathregan National School, Batterstown, County Meath. [23112/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

123 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Ratoath National School, Ratoath, County Meath. [23113/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

124 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Scoil Cholmcille, Skryne, County Meath. [23114/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

125 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Scoil Colmcille, Duleek, County Meath. [23116/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

126 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Scoil Chloghair Naofa, Kilcock, County Meath. [23117/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

127 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Yellowfurze National School, Beauparc, Navan, County Meath. [23118/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

130 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for St. Mary's Special School, Navan, County Meath. [23121/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

131 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Rathbeggan National School, Rathbeggan, County Meath. [23122/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

132 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Scoil Náisiúnta Mhuire Naofa, Dunsany, County Meath. [23124/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

133 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Scoil Mhuire, Moynalty, County Meath. [23125/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

134 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Moynalvey National School, Moynalvey, County Meath. [23126/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

135 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school buildings projects; and the stage at which the development is for Meath Hill National School, Drumcondrath, County Meath. [23127/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

136 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for LittlepaceCastleheary National School. [23128/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

137 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for the proposed new primary school in Johnstown. [23129/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

138 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Dangan National School, Dangan, County Meath. [23130/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

139 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for Clonard National School, Clonard, County Meath. [23131/02]

John Bruton

Ceist:

140 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is at for Bellewstown National School, Drogheda. [23132/02]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 122 to 127, inclusive, and 130 to 140, inclusive, together.

My Department has an extensive primary school building programme for 2002 under way, details of which are available on my Department's website at www.education.ie. Architectural planning has commenced for major building projects at the schools referred to by the Deputy except at St. Mary's special school, Athlumney, Dangan national school, Scoil Colmcille, Duleek, Scoil Cocha, Kilcock, Scoil Mhuire, Moynalty and Rathregan national school, Batterstown. In relation to Clonard national school and Meath Hill national school, my Department has recently grant-aided significant refurbishment works at these schools. My Department has also made proposals to both Moynalvey national school and Bellewstown national school to enable them undertake improvement works.

In view of the extensive nature of the building programme, my Department has no plans at present to initiate architectural planning for any further major projects in the foreseeable future. Decisions on projects that are in architectural planning proceeding to tender and construction in 2003 will be taken in light of the allocations made for school building purposes and when all budgetary decisions have been taken by the Government. In the meantime, boards of management should use their devolved grants to ensure that essential health and safety issues at their schools are attended to.

John Bruton

Ceist:

128 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for St. Patrick's Classical School, Navan, County Meath. [23119/02]

My Department has an extensive post- primary school's building programme under way with a substantial financial commitment being carried forward into 2003. The matter of allowing additional projects into architectural planning will be decided when all budgetary issues for 2003 have been finalised and the precise allocations for 2003 fully determined. In regard to St. Patrick's classical school, Navan, County Meath, an extension project has been completed at this school.

John Bruton

Ceist:

129 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he intends to honour his commitments to school building projects; and the stage at which the development is for St. Joseph's Secondary School, Navan, County Meath. [23120/02]

My Department has an extensive post-primary school's building programme under way with a substantial financial commitment being carried forward into 2003. The matter of allowing additional projects into architectural planning will be decided when all budgetary issues for 2003 have been finalised and the precise allocations for 2003 fully determined. Regarding St. Joseph's secondary school, Navan, an extension project has been completed.

Questions Nos. 130 to 140, inclusive, answered with Question No. 122.