Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
404. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application to the primary school building unit by a school (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19343/10]
Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Mary Coughlan): The school to which the Deputy refers applied to my Department for capital funding for an extension project in September 2006.
Information in respect of the current school building programme along with all assessed applications for major capital works, including the project referred to by the Deputy, are now available on the Department’s website at www.education.ie.
The priority attaching to individual projects is determined by published prioritisation criteria, which were formulated following consultation with the Education Partners. There are four band ratings under these criteria, each of which describes the extent of accommodation required and the urgency attaching to it. Band 1 is the highest priority rating and Band 4 is the lowest. Documents explaining the band rating system are also available on the Department’s website.
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, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression the project at this time.
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