Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Wednesday, 14 June 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 621 No. 85

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  221.  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 progress made in relation to the new secondary school in Kilmuckridge, County Wexford. [23040/06]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department recently issued a tender approval [1323]letter for the proposed project at the school in question.

  222.  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 progress made on an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Wexford. [23041/06]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The School Planning Section of my Department has received an application for major capital funding from the management authority of the school to which the Deputy refers. The application will be assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria for large scale projects. Progress on the proposed works will be considered in the context of the School Building and Modernisation Programme from 2006 onwards.

  223.  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 progress made for an extension for a primary school (details supplied) in County Wexford. [23042/06]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The School Planning Section of my Department has received an application for major capital funding from the management authority of the school to which the Deputy refers. The application will be assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria for large scale projects. Progress on the proposed works will be considered in the context of the School Building and Modernisation Programme from 2006 onwards

  224.  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 progress made on the extension to a school (details supplied) in County Wexford. [23043/06]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The School Planning Section of my Department has received an application for major capital funding from the management authority of the school to which the Deputy refers. The application will be assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria for large scale projects. Progress on the proposed works will be considered in the context of the School Building and Modernisation Programme from 2006 onwards.

  225.  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 progress made on the new secondary school in Gorey, County Wexford. [23044/06]

Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The Deputy will be aware that the pro[1324]posed new post primary school for Gorey will be delivered by way of a Public Private Partnership. The school will cater for up to 1,000 pupils. This level of accommodation is based on assessment of the demographics emanating from current and future housing developments.

My Department is in discussion with the local authority with regard to the identification of a suitable site for the School referred to by the Deputy. I will be announcing further PPP project bundles during the year and the school referred to by the Deputy will be considered in this context and in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria.

My Department will be engaging with the relevant education partners as regards the process and arrangements that will be required to ensure a smooth transition from a one school centre to a two school centre. Part of this process will involve defining the enrolment policies that will underpin effective provision once Gorey becomes a two school centre, the enrolment policy that should operate at the existing post primary school during the transition period and the management model.


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