Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Ceisteanna (122)

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

122. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress to date in advancing a project to provide additional permanent classrooms at a second-level school which was sanctioned in September 2013 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37917/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The ETB has proposed to amalgamate two schools in Cavan including the school in question and this has been approved by my Department. The schools will continue to operate from the existing school sites until a new school building can be provided for the amalgamated school.  It is envisaged that the construction phase for the new amalgamated school will be facilitated with investment available during the second half of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018 to 2027.

The new amalgamated school would enable facilities to be modernised in an energy efficient building that would be compliant with Part L of the Building Regulations 2017.  It would also provide the opportunity for the school to have a fully equipped PE Hall facility with fitness suite together with a 2-class special education needs base.

I also wish to advise, the Deputy, that my Department is liaising with the Patron to assist with the school's interim accommodation needs pending delivery of the new school building.