Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (145)

John Lahart

Ceist:

145. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there will be a delay in a school project (details supplied) due to cutbacks in the school capital programme. [47166/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The building project to provide permanent accommodation for the school referred to by the Deputy is delivered under my Department's Design and Build Programme and is funded under the National Development Plan. Under Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018-2027, my Department has an €8.8bn envelope for the delivery of the school building programme. Budget 2020 provided €620m to the school capital programme, an increase on 2016 of €93m.

This project is included in the procurement process that is currently underway for a bundle of projects to be delivered under this programme. The Project Information Notice (PIN) was published recently and the contract notice is due to be published shortly which will determine a short-list of interested contractors.

The procurement process (and the associated tendering to short-listed contractors) for this bundle of projects will be ongoing during Q4 2019 and Q1 2020.

It is anticipated that construction of this school building project will commence in Q2 2020.