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Schools Building Projects.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 12 April 2005

Tuesday, 12 April 2005

Ceisteanna (912, 913, 914, 915, 916, 917, 918, 919, 920, 921, 922, 923)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Ceist:

962 Mr. Ó Feargháil asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will give urgent priority to the proposal by the County Kildare VEC to build a new community college in Athy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11090/05]

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Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Ceist:

963 Mr. Ó Feargháil asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress that has been achieved in the proposed amalgamation of schools (details supplied) in County Kildare; if the necessary capital will be provided to facilitate the coming together of these two schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11091/05]

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Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Ceist:

964 Mr. Ó Feargháil asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress that will be achieved in building a new primary school at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11092/05]

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Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

971 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will sanction the invitation of tenders for the required extension to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare in 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11099/05]

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Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

974 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will sanction the invitation of tenders for the required 17 additional classrooms to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare in 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11102/05]

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Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

1004 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science if consideration will be given to progress an application by a school (details supplied) in County Kildare in 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11202/05]

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Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

1006 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science if adequate provision has been made to meet the accommodation and other requirements at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the timetable in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11204/05]

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Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

1007 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science if adequate provision has been made to meet the accommodation and other requirements at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the timetable in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11205/05]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 962 to 964, inclusive, 971, 974, 1004, 1006 and 1007 together.

I have made a number of announcements relating to the 2005 school building programme since the beginning of the year, which included details of 122 major school building projects country-wide which will prepare tenders and move to construction during the next 12 to 15 months: 192 projects to be delivered by way of devolved funding; 20 schools that will be provided with prefabricated accommodation already in the system; 43 schools that have been authorised to commence architectural planning; and 590 schools approved for funding under the 2005 summer works scheme.

I am anxious to ensure that a consistent flow of projects to tender and construction can be sustained into the future. I plan to make a number of announcements in the near future in relation to the school building programme to include projects which will be progressed through the design process. All projects in architectural planning, including those at the schools in question, are being considered as part of this process.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Ceist:

965 Mr. Ó Feargháil asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress that has been made towards the delivering of a new building for a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11093/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The property management section of the Office of Public Works which acts on my behalf in relation to site acquisitions generally is continuing to explore the possibility of acquiring a site for the school in question. The question of the development of the school building will be considered in the context of the school building programme when the site has been acquired.

Joe Walsh

Ceist:

966 Mr. Walsh asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will sanction an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Cork. [11094/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The extension and refurbishment project at the school to which the Deputy refers has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria, which was revised following consultation with the education partners. The project is being considered for progression in the context of the school building and modernisation programme 2005-2009.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

967 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science when she expects tenders to be invited for the new school for a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the anticipated time frame for construction; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11095/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The project referred to by the Deputy is listed among the large-scale projects on the capital programme for 2005 which have been approved to move to tender and construction over the next 12 to 15 months. Planning permission for the new school was applied for in February 2005. It is envisaged that the tenders will be sought in the latter half of 2005 and the contract period for the construction of the school will be approximately 12 months.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

968 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science when she expects tenders to be invited for the required extension to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the anticipated timeframe for construction; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11096/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The project to which the Deputy refers is one of the 122 projects proceeding to tender and construction in the next 12 to 15 months. Approval was recently given to the school authority County Kildare VEC to proceed to pre-selection of contractors for tendering. It is the responsibility of the VEC to progress the project to tender and construction within the approved budget.

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