Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Ceisteanna (124)

Carol Nolan

Ceist:

124. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the building of a new national school in Ferbane, County Offaly, can be progressed in view of the fact it is operating on two different sites; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46761/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I can confirm that an application for major capital works, for the school referred to by the Deputy, has been received in my Department.

As the Deputy is aware, 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 the refurbishment of existing school buildings, starting in the second half of the Project Ireland 2040 period.  At this time, it is not possible to progress an application for major capital works for the school as Ferbane has not been identified as an area of demographic growth.

However, it is open to the school to submit an application for my Department’s consideration under the Additional School Accommodation (ASA) Scheme, where the school authority deems there to be a deficit of essential accommodation.  The application form can be accessed on the Department’s website www.education.ie.