Thursday, 5 April 2007

Ceisteanna (492, 493)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

485 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason for the delay in her Department responding to proposals from the boards of management of schools (details supplied) in Dublin 9 which were submitted in June 2006; and if she will now ensure that a response is provided. [13952/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

486 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will provide approval for the provision of security fencing at schools (details supplied) in Dublin 9 in view of concern among local residents in relation to anti-social activity in the school grounds. [13953/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 485 and 486 together.

Discussions are ongoing among the parties concerned to agree the structure of the amalgamation of the schools to which the Deputy refers. A technical inspection of the buildings concerned was recently carried out to determine the scope of works required to facilitate the amalgamation and to accommodate another school in one of the buildings which will be vacated post amalgamation. Following this inspection, the Department appointed an architect directly to carry out the refurbishment works required. This will include implementation of appropriate security measures. The Department will be liaising with the school authorities concerned to advance the projects as quickly as possible.