Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Ceisteanna (194)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

194. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) is eligible for financial support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26373/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that under the National Development Plan (NDP), increased funding has been provided for the school sector capital investment programme. This funding allows for a continued focus on the provision of new permanent school places to keep pace with demographic demand and also provides for an additional focus on refurbishment of existing school buildings to include the building and modernisation of PE facilities in schools.

The immediate priority of my Department is providing 20,000 new and replacement school places each year, to ensure that every child has a school place. The focus in the medium term will be on the provision of PE halls in post-primary schools. Therefore, my Department is not in a position currently to provide financial support to the school in question.