Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (176, 177, 178, 244, 245, 246)

Carol Nolan

Ceist:

176. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) is on the major projects buildings works programme: if not, the reason therefor; when the school will be listed on the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47293/19]

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Carol Nolan

Ceist:

177. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) is on the school designs building works programme; if not, the reason therefor; when the school will be listed on the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47294/19]

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Carol Nolan

Ceist:

178. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when tenders for the construction of a new school building (details supplied) will be published; the reason no tender for such works has been yet published on e-tenders.gov.ie; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47295/19]

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Barry Cowen

Ceist:

244. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) is on his major projects buildings works programme; if not, the reason therefor; when the school will be listed on the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47857/19]

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Barry Cowen

Ceist:

245. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) is on the school designs building works programme; if not, the reason therefor; when the school will be listed on the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47858/19]

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Barry Cowen

Ceist:

246. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills when tenders for the construction of a new school building (details supplied) will be published; the reason no tender for such works has been published on e-tenders.gov.ie; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47859/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 176 to 178, inclusive and 244 to 246, inclusive, together.

The school to which the Deputies refers opened under the patronage divestment process in 2015 and is currently in interim accommodation pending delivery of the school's permanent accommodation.

Under the patronage divesting process, a school can be opened where a school building became, or was due to become available as a result of an amalgamation/closure of an existing school. In some areas, including in the case of Birr, in responding to demand for diversity where existing patrons were unable make school properties available, my Department also included an examination of properties held in public ownership.

In this regard, my Department has been liaising with a State body in relation to the possible provision of the school's permanent accommodation in part of it's property.

The delivery of permanent accommodation for divested schools can involve complex factors and my Department officials are considering the best way to provide for same.