Wednesday, 4 May 2005

Ceisteanna (438)

James Breen

Ceist:

465 Mr. J. Breen asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will address the serious overcrowding at a national school (details supplied) in County Clare; if she has satisfied herself that the heath and safety of teachers and pupils are not at risk operating in such an environment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14145/05]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

An application for an extension to provide ancillary accommodation has been received from the authorities of the school referred to by the Deputy. The project has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria, which were revised following consultation with the education partners, and will be considered further in the context of the school building and modernisation programme 2005-2009. In accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, individual school authorities are responsible in the first instance for ensuring the safety and welfare of children and others in their care.