Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Ceisteanna (91)

Dinny McGinley

Ceist:

106 Deputy Dinny McGinley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if an application has been received for extension and refurbishment for a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; when the application was made; the details of accommodation required; the position regarding the application; when it is likely that the development will be approved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43938/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education)

I can confirm that the school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for an extension/refurbishment. This application was made in 2003 and sought a GP Room, toilets and ancillary accommodation.

In accordance with the published criteria for large scale building projects, the project for this school has been assigned a Band 3 rating. Information in respect of the current school building programme along with all assessed applications for major capital works, including this project, is available on the Department's website atwww.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 my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme. However, 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 the project at this time.

My Department has recently been in contact with the school authority regarding its concerns regarding permanent accommodation and its major capital works application. The school authority has been advised to complete and submit an RTA Form to my Department identifying the need for the provision of permanent mainstream teaching accommodation. This application will then be assessed and an outcome notified directly to the school authority.