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Schools Building Projects.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 27 September 2006

Wednesday, 27 September 2006

Ceisteanna (1300, 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304, 1305, 1306)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

1369 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress to date regarding the provision of extra facilities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if tender documentation has been received and approved; the likely time-frame for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29620/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that on 10 April 2006 my Department gave devolved authority for the project in question to proceed to Planning Permission and preparation of tender documentation. My Department is currently awaiting confirmation from the school that they have completed this process.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

1370 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress to date regarding the provision of extra facilities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if relevant documentation required under stage 3 has been received and approved by her department; the likely time-frame for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29621/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a letter issued to the school Authorities on 19 May 2006 giving approval to proceed to stage 3 (detailed plans / costs) of architectural planning. When a response is forwarded to my Department, my Officials will then be in a position to further progress this project. As the Board of Management are the Client in this instance, responsibility for setting a time frame for the receipt of the stage 3 submission lies with them.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

1371 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding building project commenced in May at a school (details supplied) County Kildare; if all funding has been drawn down; the likely time-frame for completion; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29622/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

As part of the expansion of the devolved scheme for primary school building works, a grant of €250,000 was sanctioned in 2005 to enable the management authorities of the school in question to provide additional accommodation. The project commenced in May of this year and 70% of the grant has been paid to the school. It is expected that the project will be completed by the end of the year and the remaining 30% of the grant will then be issued to the school.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

1372 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress to date regarding the provision of extra facilities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if relevant documentation required under stage 3 has been received and approved by her Department; the likely time-frame for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29623/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a letter issued to the school Authorities on 16 March 2006 giving approval to proceed to stage 3 (detailed plans / costs) of architectural planning. When a response is forwarded to my Department, my Officials will then be in a position to further progress this project. As the Board of Management are the Client in this instance, responsibility for setting a time frame for the receipt of the stage 3 submission lies with them.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

1373 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress to date regarding the provision of extra facilities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if relevant documentation required under stage 3 has been received and approved by her Department; the likely time-frame for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29624/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a letter issued to the school Authorities on 19 May 2006 giving approval to proceed to stage 3 (detailed plans / costs) of architectural planning. When a response is forwarded to my Department, my Officials will then be in a position to further progress this project. As the Board of Management are the Client in this instance, responsibility for setting a time frame for the receipt of the stage 3 submission lies with them.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

1374 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress over the summer period regarding the future and location of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; her plans to progress this matter over the next 6 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29625/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The management authority of the school in question, Co. Kildare Vocational Education Committee, is currently progressing plans to re-locate the school and extend capacity to 1000 pupils. In September of 2006, the VEC authorities notified my Department that the site had just received full planning permission for the education campus and, assuming that the VEC do not have to go to An Bord Pleanála, then when the statutory period of five weeks elapses it will be legally transferred immediately to Kildare VEC authorities.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

1375 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress over the summer period regarding the provision of the new school (details supplied) in County Kildare, if all matters relating to site acquisition, planning and any other procedures associated with such a project have been addressed; the likely commencement date of building works; her plans to progress this matter over the next 6 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29626/06]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The Property Management Section of the Office of Public Works which acts on behalf of my Department in relation to site acquisitions generally was requested to source a site for a new national school in Kill. Agreement has been reached, subject to contract, on the acquisition of a site for a new school at Kill, Co. Kildare. Draft contracts have been exchanged but the conveyancing process is delayed by the vendor, pending the outcome of a planning application.

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