Thursday, 28 November 2019

Ceisteanna (101)

Paul Kehoe


101. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of funding for school buildings (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49567/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Under the National Development Plan, 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, to include the building and modernisation of PE facilities.

Under Project Ireland 2040, we will invest €8.4 billion in primary and post primary school buildings. The government is committed to a PE Hall build and modernisation programme, escalating in the second half of the Project Ireland 2040 period.

The provision of general purpose rooms and PE Halls form part of the accommodation brief for all newly established schools. These facilities may also form part of the overall accommodation brief for major capital extensions to existing schools.

These measures will ensure that students in all post-primary schools can have access to state of the art facilities to support PE provision, particularly also in the context of the roll-out of PE as a Leaving Certificate subject.

Details of large-scale projects being delivered under the school building programme may be viewed on my Department's website, and this information is updated regularly. In addition, a list of large-scale projects completed from 2010 to date may also be viewed on the website.