Thursday, 6 December 2018

Ceisteanna (115)

Niamh Smyth


115. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills if funding will be approved for categories seven to ten under the minor works scheme (details supplied); when this funding will be set aside; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51419/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The Summer Works Scheme (SWS) 2016 -2017 was applied on a multi-annual basis. The Deputy will be aware that nearly 50% of schools applied for inclusion under the scheme which reflects a very high demand.

Almost €80 million has been approved to date under the SWS, in respect of over 640 school projects in categories 1 - 6. Details of the successful school applicants are published on my Department's website

As the Deputy will be aware, Project Ireland 2040 included an announcement of a major package of investment in education for the next decade with the school building budget increasing by 70%. This investment will provide for the continued increase in demographics while also allowing for a greater focus on refurbishment and upgrading of existing school stock. In that context my Department is processing the remaining categories of project under SWS 2016-2017. In that regard, I can confirm that my Department is in receipt of an application under the SWS for a Category 10 - external environment project from the school referenced.