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Special Educational Needs

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 12 May 2022

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Ceisteanna (94)

Joan Collins

Ceist:

94. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Education the reason for the delay in finding a builder to build the autism class in a school (details supplied). [23586/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The school to which the Deputy refers was granted approval under my Department's Additional Accommodation Scheme 2021 for reconfiguration works in existing space to create a 1 Class SEN Base with sensory room and outdoor SEN play area.

The Department notified the school authorities of this approval in December 2021 and, as this is a Devolved project, the first step for the school authorities to undertake was to appoint an Architect as a consultant to lead the project on its behalf. Unfortunately the school authorities this week reported to the Department that the none of the Architects contacted regarding this project actually tendered for the position and so the school has been unable to appoint a Consultant to date.

The Department is currently compiling a list of Dublin-based architects engaged across the ASA Scheme to assist the school in its appointment of a Consultant. Once a Consultant is appointed, the project may proceed as laid out in the original terms of approval.

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