Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ceisteanna (136)

Michael McGrath


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.