Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (136)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

136. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason no playing pitches will form part of the planned new education campus (details supplied) in County Cork; if funding will be provided for the purchase of land for the development of playing pitches as part of this campus development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1969/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The project to which the Deputy refers has been devolved for delivery to Cork Education and Training Board (CETB). I wish to advise the Deputy that the provision of pitches for training purposes is not part of the specification for primary schools, and at post-primary level the inclusion of same is subject to space availability and school accommodation requirements.

However, I understand that the available space on site with respect to the project referred to by the Deputy may allow for the inclusion of a pitch for training purposes. CETB is exploring this possibility in consultation with my Department and we may give consideration to providing a contribution towards the cost of delivering same subject to value for money and other relevant considerations.