Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 671 No. 1

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  673.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for a new school building; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. [47216/08]

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 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.

  674.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe   the position of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Dublin for a new school building; if it has been accepted; and if so, when work will commence. [47217/08]

Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  Acquisition of a 6 acre site for primary school provision in Tyrrelstown is well advanced at contract stage. As the Deputy will appreciate, due to the commercial sensitivities attaching to site acquisition, I cannot comment further on the matter at this time.

The site is such that it should provide accommodation for both of the schools (including the school to which the Deputy refers) currently accommodated in temporary accommodation on the Powerstown Road. The Department will be discussing the configuration and size of the schools with the two patron bodies concerned, Educate Together and the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin.

The progression of all large scale building projects from initial design stage through to tender and construction, including this project, will be considered on an on-going basis in the context of my Department’s Multi-Annual School Building and Modernisation Programme. In light of current competing demands on my Department’s capital budget, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the further progression of the project at this time.

The school to which the Deputy refers will continue to be accommodated on the site at Powerstown Rd until their permanent accommodation is delivered.


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