Tuesday, 14 June 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
828. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the extent to which she has studied the need for the provision of a new primary school at Kill, County Kildare; if she has received submissions from the Kill national school authorities in this regard; if her attention has been drawn to the urgent need to meet such requirements at an early date; if she will provide instructions to the relevant section of her Department with a view to achieving the desired level of progress in the shortest possible time; the number of school places it is intended to provide at this location in the near future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20099/05]
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): I am aware that Kill, like many areas located within close proximity to Dublin, continues to experience population growth, a position that almost inevitably places some strain on existing educational provision. To alleviate the need for school places in Kill it is proposed to provide a new 16 classroom school.
The property management section of the Office of Public Works, which acts on behalf of my Department in regard to site acquisitions generally, is continuing to explore all possibilities in regard to the acquisition of a site for a new national school in Kill. Every effort is being made to ensure that a site is acquired as soon as possible. The school planning section of my Department will keep the position under review to ensure that any additional emerging needs are met as expeditiously as possible.
830. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the position in regard to the provision of the permanent facilities required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the anticipated timescale for the provision of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20101/05]
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): While the school to which the Deputy refers has not yet applied to my Department for capital funding, an application in this regard is expected shortly.
On receipt of the application the project will be assessed against the published prioritisation criteria for large scale building projects which were revised last year following consultation with the education partners. The project will be assigned a band rating and its progress will be considered in the context of the school building programme from 2005 onwards.
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