Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 607 No. 59

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  394.  Mr. Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   the position regarding the school building programme in the primary sector in New Ross; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27333/05]

  395.  Mr. Kehoe  Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin   the action that is being taken on the amalgamation of the primary schools in New Ross town; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27334/05]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  I propose to take Questions Nos. 394 and 395 together.

The Deputy is aware that it is proposed to rationalise the primary educational provision in New Ross. There is general agreement locally to this development.

Architectural assessments have recently been carried out on all four primary schools to determine which, if any, would be suitable to act as hosts for the proposed rationalisation. These assessments will enable my Department to take a view on how infrastructure can be developed to facilitate its proposals. In addition, the local authority has agreed to provide my Department with updated demographics on the area so that an informed decision can be taken on school sizes. When these matters have been resolved, my Department will move to address the issue of enrolment polices for the proposed school re-configuration. On finalisation of this issue, any required building works can be considered for inclusion in a school building programme. Any such projects will attract a high priority band 1.4 rating which applies to projects to facilitate amalgamations.


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