Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (152, 166)

James Browne

Ceist:

152. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the construction of a school extension (details supplied); when contact will be made with the school on the matter; if the redesign of the project will be reconsidered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11850/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

166. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12088/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 and 166 togther.

The Deputy may be aware that, in April, 2015, my Department approved an all-in devolved grant for the provision of 2 mainstream classrooms and a WC for assisted users for the school to which he refers.

However, the project proceeded to tender on the basis of works that were not approved for funding. The Board of Management of the school was advised that it was required to revert to the original approved works. The Board has agreed to progress the project accordingly.

The issue referred to by the Deputy is currently being reviewed by my Department. This review is taking longer than would normally be the case due to the complexities of the issues involved.

However, I can assure the Deputy that this assessment is close to finalisation. As soon as it is complete, my Department will be in direct contact with the school authority in order to progress the project as set out in the original approval issued in April 2015.