Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (161)

Dinny McGinley

Ceist:

249 Mr. McGinley asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the financial costs incurred by a school (details supplied) in providing a classroom and facilities for autistic pupils; if an application for funding has been received in his Department; and if he will sanction a refund of costs to the aforementioned school. [3314/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

The school referred to by the Deputy received €1.3 million in capital investment towards a major building project in 2001-02, which included the provision of an extension to provide facilitates to accommodate special needs pupils including an autistic unit.

The local contribution paid by the management authorities of the school in question was €12,500. Local contributions in this type of project are of general application and it not open to me to depart from them in individual cases.

Questions Nos. 250 to 252, inclusive, answered with Question No. 247.