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Thursday, 3 June 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 711 No. 3

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  189.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the progress made to date regarding the building works at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23993/10]

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  The school in question received grant aid in 2007 to provide four resource rooms under my Department’s Permanent Accommodation Scheme. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that construction works on the school have been completed recently.

  190.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the position regarding the provision of permanent school buildings for students attending a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23994/10]

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  The school to which the Deputy refers has temporary recognition from my Department. Schools with temporary recognition are not entitled to capital funding. Accommodation remains the responsibility of a Patron until permanent recognition has been given and until my Department is in a position to make capital funding available for a permanent building subject to competing demands on available funding.

However, my Department is aware of the accommodation issues at the school in question and, notwithstanding the Patron’s responsibilities in this matter, my Department has been assisting the Patron in sourcing suitable, cost effective accommodation. A proposal was put by my Department to the Patron in this regard and it is hoped that this proposal can form the basis of an interim accommodation solution for the school.

Question No. 191 answered with Question No. 175.

  192.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the position regarding an application for an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare in view of the fact that stage 2b was submitted by the school to her Department some time ago; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23996/10]

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the construction phase for this project commenced in January this year.

  193.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the position regarding an application for major capital funding by a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23997/10]

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  As the Deputy has been previously informed, the school to which he refers has not applied to my Department for [748]large scale capital funding and it has indicated to my Department that it is not in need of such funding.

  194.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the progress in the past six months of a building project in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the degree to which the project is on schedule; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23998/10]

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  Tenders will be invited shortly for the new school referred to by the Deputy. Following completion of the tender stage, assuming no issues arise, the project will progress to construction. Once the project goes on site it is envisaged that it will take 12 months to complete.


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