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Schools Refurbishment.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 2 July 2008

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

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Joe McHugh

Ceist:

215 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason the summer works scheme is not going ahead at a school (details supplied) which had been promised money for work to be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26255/08]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

Since the Summer Works Scheme was introduced, over 3,000 projects, costing in excess of €300 million, have been completed. With so many smaller projects having been completed over the past few years, the particular emphasis in 2008 is on providing sufficient school places in developing areas, while also delivering improvements in the quality of existing primary and post-primary school accommodation throughout the country. Accordingly my Department is focusing on delivering as many large projects as possible in 2008 and funding was not made available for a Summer Works Scheme this year.

However, I recognise the benefits of the scheme in addressing the needs of schools and I intend to have a Summer Works Scheme in 2009.

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