Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 671 No. 1

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  639.  Deputy Damien English  Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the position regarding a school building project at a school (details supplied) in County Meath; if payment will be made to progress this project in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47171/08]

Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for a new building.

The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from site acquisition and initial design stage through to construction will be considered in the context of the school building and modernisation programme.

However, in view of the level of demand on the Department’s capital budget currently, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression the project at this time.

  640.  Deputy Damien English  Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the position regarding a school building project at a school (details supplied) in County Meath; if payment will be made to progress this project in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47172/08]

[440]Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  The school referred to by the Deputy applied to my Department for funding under the Summer Works Scheme in 2008.

The particular emphasis in 2008 has been on providing sufficient school places in developing areas, while also delivering improvements in the quality of existing primary and post-primary school accommodation throughout the country. Accordingly my Department has focused on delivering as many large projects as possible in 2008 and funding was not made available for a Summer Works Scheme this year.

I intend to have a Summer Works Scheme in 2009. The details of the operation of the scheme and the level of funding to be made available under the scheme in 2009 are currently being considered and will be completed as soon as possible. The Professional and Technical Reports provided by schools for 2008 can be used again for future projects so that schools will not be at the loss of expenditure on them.

  641.  Deputy Damien English  Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the position regarding a school building project at a school (details supplied) in County Meath; if payment will be made to progress this project in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47173/08]

Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  An extension project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently in early architectural planning. My Department has received a revised stage 2 submission (initial sketch scheme) from the school authorities which is currently being examined.

The progression of all large scale building projects including this project will be considered on an ongoing basis in the context of the Department’s multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme. It is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project at this time.


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