Wednesday, 26 January 2005

Ceisteanna (1007)

Tom Hayes


1069 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science when a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary will be relocated to a new site. [1045/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

My Department has acquired a site for the relocation of the school to which the Deputy refers and the provision of a new school building has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria, which were revised following consultation with the education partners. Progress on this project is being considered in the context of the school building programme and the Deputy will be aware that I recently announced the first phase of the 2005 school building programme which provided details of 122 major school building projects country wide which will prepare tenders and move to construction during 2005.

This announcement is the first in a series of announcements I plan to make in the coming period in relation to the schools building and modernisation programme that will include details of schools identified as suitable for construction under public private partnerships; an expansion of the number of schools that will be invited to deliver their building projects on the basis of devolved funding; details of schools with projects approved under the 2005 summer works scheme; schools whose projects will further progress through the design process; and schools that will be authorised to commence architectural planning.

The school in question has also made an application for grant-aid under the temporary accommodation scheme for 2005. Applications under this scheme are currently being assessed in school planning section. Successful applicants will also be announced shortly.