Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Ceisteanna (111)

John Curran


111. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an application by a school (details supplied) for a school summer works grant that was unsuccessful will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50468/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The school in question applied for funding under SWS 2020 onwards for 'Roof Works'.

As the Deputy is aware I recently announced details of the schools that will receive funding in summer 2020 in respect of applications submitted for 'Life Safety Systems projects'.

Commensurate with the level of funding set aside for the Scheme, applications are being assessed on a top down basis in accordance with the prioritisation criteria outlined in the Circular accompanying the Scheme. In that regard, applications submitted for other works will be considered under future rounds of the Summer Works Scheme. The school in question will be considered in this regard.

I can also confirm to the Deputy that the major building project for Scoil Áine Naofa is to be delivered as a joint project with another school, with both schools sharing the same site.

This project is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2(b) Detailed Design which includes the application for Planning Permission, Fire Cert and Disability Access Cert and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured.

In June 2019, at a meeting with the schools, their design team and officials from my Department, discussions took place regarding the current conditions at the schools. My Department advised the schools to submit an application for consideration, for replacement/additional temporary accommodation required to address their current accommodation needs pending the delivery of the major school building project.