Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (169)

David Stanton

Ceist:

260 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Education and Science the situation regarding St. Killian's Special School in Cork and the urgent need for the school to be accommodated in a new building; the assistance that his Department will make available in this regard; the timescales for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3408/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

The property management section of the OPW, which acts on behalf of my Department in relation to site acquisitions, is exploring the possibility of acquiring a site for the provision of a new primary school for St Killian's Special School in Cork. Due to commercial sensitivities, it is not proposed to identify the specific site to be acquired at this stage. However, this information will be placed on my Department's website when the relevant acquisitions have been completed.

As regards the delivery of a new school building, the position is that when publishing the 2004 school building programme, I outlined that my strategy going forward will be grounded in capital investment based on multi-annual allocations. My officials are reviewing all projects which were not authorised to proceed to construction as part of the 2004 school building programme, with a view to including them as part of a multi-annual school building programmefrom 2005. I expect to be in a position to make further announcements on this matter during the year.