Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (66, 78)

Pat the Cope Gallagher

Ceist:

66. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding school building projects (details supplied); if funding is available for the projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47368/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Pat the Cope Gallagher

Ceist:

78. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made to date on schools (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47367/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 66 and 78 together.

The current status of projects being delivered is listed on a county by county basis on my Department’s website at www.education.ie and updated on a monthly basis to reflect their progress through the various stages of capital appraisal, site acquisition, design, tender and construction.

Funding is available to school projects under my Department's Schools Buildings Programme, Additional Accommodation and Summer Works schemes. 

The information requested by the Deputy regarding the progress and position of particular schools in Donegal is set out below:

Scoil na gCeithrí Mhaistrí (20096E):

The major building project for Scoil na gCeithrí Mhaistrí is included in my Department’s Construction Programme which is being delivered under the National Development Plan.

The project is currently working through the architectural planning process at Stage 2a (Developed Design) where the preferred option design is developed to a stage where the project is fully cost planned and prepared to lodge for statutory approvals.

My Department recently received the Stage 2(a) submission from the Design Team, which is now under review. Following the Department’s review of the submission, a stakeholders meeting will be arranged, to which the school will be invited, and if there are no issues outstanding after the Stage 2(a) meeting the project can then be authorised to progress to Stage 2b (Detailed Design Stage). This stage includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Certificate, Disability Access Certificate and the preparation of Tender Documents.

Scoil Adhamhnain (17503U):

  An Additional Accommodation Scheme approval has been given to the management authority for the provision of one Resource Room. A separate project under Emergency Works, approved to extend the General Purpose (GP) room and to allow for roof repairs, was incorporated into the project and the project was devolved to the school for delivery.

Abbey Vocational School (71180F):

Additional Accommodation Scheme approval has been given to the management authority of the school in question for the provision of a 2 classroom Special Education Needs (SEN) Base, six mainstream classrooms, a GP/Dining area and one moderate/mild learning disability classroom. The delivery of this accommodation has been devolved to school authority.

Scoil Mhuire (St.Mary's) NS, Stranorlar (19927O):

This project is currently out to tender. An extension of time was requested and subsequently granted to the tenderers.