Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Ceisteanna (440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449)

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

554 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science when he expects the architectural planning for the extension to Maynooth Presentation Convent national school, Maynooth in County Kildare to conclude; when tenders will be invited for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2187/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

The large scale building project for Presentation Convent national school is listed in section 8 of the 2004 school building programme which is published on my Department's website atwww.education.ie. It has been assigned a “band 2” rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large scale projects and the project will be authorised to proceed to advanced architectural planning during 2004.

The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which, in turn, will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing to construction in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

555 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science when architectural planning will commence in relation to the provision of a permanent school building for Gaelscoil Uí Fiach, Maynooth in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2188/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application for grant aid for permanent accommodation has been received from the management authority of Gaelscoil Uí Fiach, Maynooth in County Kildare. The application is being assessed at present in the school planning section of my Department. When completed, the results of the assessment, together with an indicative timeframe for the delivery of any identified accommodation deficits at the school, will be provided to the school's authority.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

556 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will allow architectural planning to commence in relation to the provision of additional classrooms and a school hall at Tiermohan national school, Donadea, Naas in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2189/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application for grant aid towards improvement works has been received from the management authority of Tiermohan national school, Donadea, Naas in County Kildare. The application is being assessed at present in the school planning section of my Department. When completed, the results of the assessment, together with an indicative timeframe for the delivery of any identified accommodation deficits at the school, will be provided to the school's management authority.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

557 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the national school crisis which is building up in Kill in County Kildare; if he will direct the OPW to find a suitable new site for the school as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2190/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

My Department intends to purchase a significant number of sites during 2004. The level of funding available for the purchase of sites for primary and post-primary schools is €32 million. The needs of all schools, including those in Kill in County Kildare will be considered in this context. Due to commercial sensitivities of site acquisition, it is not proposed at this stage to identify the specific sites to be acquired. However, this information will be placed on my Department's website when the relevant acquisitions have been completed.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

558 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if the CEO of County Kildare VEC has submitted a report in relation to the acquisition of a site for a new St. Patrick's post-primary school, Naas in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2191/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

For some time County Kildare VEC has been exploring the possibility of relocating St. Patrick's post-primary school from its existing town centre location. While the VEC is exploring a number of possible alternative options, no final decisions have been taken in this matter.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

559 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science when architectural planning will commence in relation to the required extension to St. Mary's College, Naas in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2192/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application for grant aid towards improvement works has been received from the management authority of St Mary's College, Naas in County Kildare. The application is being assessed at present in the school planning section of my Department. When completed, the results of the assessment, together with an indicative timeframe for the delivery of any identified accommodation deficits at the school, will be provided to the school's management authority.

Question No. 560 answered with QuestionNo. 548.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

561 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science when tenders will be invited for the required extension to Sallins national school, Sallins, County Kildare; and if it his intention to provide further temporary accommodation in 2004 to deal with the net additional intakes of 140 pupils in September 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2194/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I am pleased to advise the Deputy that the large-scale project proposed for Sallins national school is listed to proceed to construction as part of the 2004 schools building programme. The indicative timeframe for the project proceeding to tender is the second quarter of 2004. My Department has advised the school authorities to commence the tendering process for this project.

Officials in the planning section of my Department are assessing and prioritising all applications for temporary accommodation. I intend to publish details of all temporary accommodation projects which will proceed in 2004.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

562 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science when tenders will be invited for the new school for Rathmore national school, Rathmore, Naas, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2195/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

563 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science when tenders will be invited for the required extension to Scoil Na Mainistreach, Celbridge, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2196/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

564 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science when tenders will be invited for the required extension to Scoil Mochua, Celbridge, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2197/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I propose to take Questions Nos. 562, 563 and 564 together.

I am pleased to advise the Deputy that the large-scale projects in question are listed for proceeding to construction as part of the 2004 schools building programme. The indicative time frame for these projects proceeding to tender is the first quarter of 2004. My Department has authorised the schools in question to commence the tendering process for these projects.