Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Ceisteanna (352)

Brendan Smith


352. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills when approval will issue in respect of the provision of new facilities at a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6686/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I can confirm that my Department has received an application for capital funding from the school, to which the Deputy refers, for a Sports Hall.

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 school in question will be considered in this context.

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.