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Schools Building Projects.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 19 January 2010

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

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Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

1025 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason the priority status promised to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare in respect of the building of an autistic spectrum disorder unit at the school, has been reneged upon; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the school enrolled autistic spectrum disorder students in good faith who are located in the school library whilst awaiting the promised permanent accommodation; and if he will now sanction funding as promised thus enabling other pupils of the school to have access to the school library. [48552/09]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

I can confirm the school to which the Deputy refers has made an application to my Department for Major Capital funding. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria for large scale building projects and has been assigned a Band 1 rating.

Information in respect of the current school building programme along with all assessed applications for major capital works, including the project referred to by the Deputy, are now available on my Department's website at www.education.ie.

The priority attaching to individual projects is determined by published prioritisation criteria, which were formulated following consultation with the Education Partners. There are four band ratings under these criteria, each of which describes the extent of accommodation required and the urgency attaching to it. Band 1 is the highest priority rating and Band 4 is the lowest. Documents explaining the band rating system are also available on my Department's website.

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

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