Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ceisteanna (149)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

149. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the necessary funding for a project (details supplied) in Dublin 16 will be made available now that planning permission has been granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49205/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The major building project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning.

Following an appeal to An Bord Pleanala, planning permission was granted in August 2012. The design team are currently working on the completion of Stage 2(b) which includes all statutory approvals and tender documents. Due to competing demands on my Department's capital budget, imposed by the need to prioritise the limited funding available for the provision of additional school accommodation to meet increasing demographic requirements, it was not possible to include this project in the five year construction programme announced earlier this year.

School building projects, such as the one referred to by the Deputy, which have not been included in the five year construction programme, but which were announced for initial inclusion in the building programme will continue to be progressed to final planning stages in anticipation of the possibility of further funds being available to my Department in future years.