Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
166. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Education and Skills the procedure to be followed to bring the new school premises for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin into being; and the timelines involved in this process, in view of the fact that approval has been granted. [6382/12]
Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I wish to advise the Deputy that the Office of Public Works acting on behalf of my Department are engaged in the process of acquiring the site. An Outline Planning Permission has been obtained by the Office of Public Works and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office are engaged in pre-contract enquiries with the Vendor’s legal representatives with a view to finalising contracts for signing. Due to commercial sensitivities, I am not in a position to comment on the matter any further. Once the site acquisition process is concluded, the proposed school building project will be considered in the context of the capital budget available to my Department for school buildings generally. The current status of all projects on the school building programme, including the school in question, may be viewed on my Department’s website at www.education.ie and this will be updated regularly throughout the year.
The Government’s Medium Term Infrastructure and Capital Investment Framework, which was published on 10th November 2011, sets out the demographic challenge facing the education system in the coming years. In view of the need to ensure that every child has access to a school place, the delivery of major school projects and smaller projects devolved to schools to meet the demographic demands nationally as well as the demands in the area to which the Deputy refers, will be the main focus for capital investment in schools in the coming years. I have previously committed to publishing shortly a five year plan outlining the school building projects to be constructed in that time.
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