Thursday, 29 September 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
79. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has any responsibility for the provision of certain facilities (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26831/11]
Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): In general, individual school authorities are responsible, in the first instance, for ensuring the safety and welfare of children and others in their care, including traffic management measures. The issue of road safety measures outside the vested site areas of schools, such as road signage, traffic calming measures etc., is a matter, however, for the relevant Local Authority. Local Authorities have the power to decide on road safety measures outside schools and should ensure that measures are in place to protect the safety of local school children.
I can confirm that the school to which the Deputy refers applied for a Summer Works Scheme grant in 2011 for improved car parking facilities. Due however to the scale of demand for funding under the scheme, it was not possible to fund all applications and the school’s application was unsuccessful in this instance. It is, however, open to the school to apply for funding under future Summer Works Schemes.
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