Thursday, 5 April 2007

Ceisteanna (438, 439)

Jimmy Deenihan

Ceist:

432 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding the provision of a new primary school at Blennerville, Tralee, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13563/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the school to which he refers is included in today's announcement of 56 large scale building projects countrywide which have been approved to progress under the School Building and Modernisation Programme. These will be progressed by way of the appointment of a design team.

Gerard Murphy

Ceist:

433 Mr. G. Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will provide the necessary funding in 2007 for a school (details supplied) in County Cork; when funding was provided to the school previously; the amount and what the funding was for; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13570/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application for capital funding towards the provision of a permanent extension has been received from the school referred to by the Deputy. The school planning section of the Department is currently carrying out an assessment of projected enrolments, demographic trends and housing developments in the area which will assist in determining the school's long term accommodation needs. Once this assessment is completed, the project will be progressed in the context of the multiannual School Building and Modernisation Programme. In 2002, the Department funded the purchase of temporary accommodation at the school at a cost of approximately €147,500. Approval was recently given to the school authority to rent a mainstream classroom in temporary accommodation to cater for increased enrolments at the school for September next.