Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Ceisteanna (71, 72)

Paul Connaughton

Ceist:

101 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application for major capital works at a school (details supplied) in County Galway; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that this school has not been updated since 1980, that there are several prefabs, and that the complex does not include a G.P or staff room; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43084/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education)

I can confirm that the school referred to by the Deputy recently submitted an updated Major Capital Application for funding to my Department.

The application has been assessed in accordance with the published criteria for large scale building projects, and has been assigned a Band 3 rating.

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 the Department's website www.education.ie.

The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design through to construction phase will be considered in the context of the 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.

In the meantime, the Department is grant aiding temporary accommodation at the school, which was installed approximately 4 years ago and, as such, should be in good condition.

Ciaran Lynch

Ceist:

102 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if there is a definite timeframe for the completion of a school (details supplied) in County Cork; when the building process will be completed; when students will be able to avail of the new facilities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43104/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department recently authorised the Design Team to issue the Letter of Acceptance (i.e. award the contract).

Assuming that no issues arise, it is expected that the project will commence construction within weeks and will take circa 12 months to complete.