Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Ceisteanna (1505, 1506)

Joe Costello

Ceist:

1593 Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will confirm that a school (details supplied) in Dublin 7 will be constructed and ready for occupation by September 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1982/09]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

My Department is aware of the accommodation needs of the school to which the Deputy refers.

The progression of all large scale building projects, including the proposed project at Grangegorman, from initial design stage through to construction phase is considered on an on-going basis in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme. In light of current competing demands on the capital budget of my Department, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of this project at this time.

Mary Upton

Ceist:

1594 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding an application by a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12 for a building programme; when the school can expect to have approval from his Department to progress the works; his views on the fact that the pupils are being taught in prefabs in which the school caretaker is required to clear out drains whenever it rains in order that the prefabs are not flooded and damp; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1989/09]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that on the 23rd of January last, I announced details of 10 major school building projects which are to proceed to tender and construction.

The project for the school to which the Deputy refers, which is for an extension, is included in this list.

While all of the projects concerned were previously offered for tender, they will now be re-offered under the new form of contracts for public capital projects to get better value for money.

The projects are now to start the re-tendering process so that construction work can get under way as quickly as possible.

My officials will contact each school shortly to guide them on the next steps to be taken.