Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (159)

Barry Cowen


159. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €57,652,000 capital allocation in first, second and early years education (details supplied) within his Department for 2019, by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44535/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The Capital Allocation available in 2019 under Subhead A will be expended as follows:

ICT Schools - €50m

Public Sector Reform - €4.9m

Department's Capital Requirements - €2.252m 

Memorial for Victims of Abuse - €0.5m

Under the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020, €210m has been committed in funding for schools ICT Infrastructure.  In 2019 (for the 2018-2019 school year), €50m will issue in grant funding to all recognised eligible primary and post-primary schools.

The allocation available for Public Sector Reform will be employed for the Education and Training Sectors Shared Services projects. These projects will bring Payroll and Finance Shared Services to the Education and Training Boards (ETB) sector, serving the sixteen ETBs providing education at primary and secondary school levels and providing further education and training through SOLAS training programmes and community based schemes. The Shared Services projects will also be bringing payroll shared service to the Higher Education sector and upgrading the Department's schools employees payroll services which currently serve over 115,000 payees employed by over 3,700 schools at both primary and secondary level.

The Department's capital requirements include the provision of necessary office equipment and IT services.

 A sum of €0.5m is available for the design and installation of a memorial for the victims of abuse.