Dáil Éireann - Volume 369 - 22 October, 1986

Written Answers. - Kerry Schools.

447. Mr. Begley asked the Minister for Education the reason the necessary funds have not been allocated for the provision of a new school at Kilgobnet, Beaufort, County Kerry.

Minister for Education (Mr. Cooney): The allocation of funds for the provision of grants for a new national school at Kilgobnet, Beaufort, County Kerry, was conditional on the 1986 capital allocation to my Department for national school building being sufficient to meet all grant payments likely to arise in that year in the event of work starting during the course of the year. It transpired that due [253] to the rapid and unforeseen pace of work on national school building projects already in progress on earlier authorisations, the condition in question could not be met. The question of according a priority place for this project in the allocations in connection with the 1987 capital provision and a rescheduling of the commencement of the project are having my active attention, and my Department will be in touch with the school authorities as soon as fresh arrangements can be made.

448. Mr. Begley asked the Minister for Education the reason for the delay in erecting a new school at Castlegregory, County Kerry, as the old school has been declared a fire hazard.

Minister for Education (Mr. Cooney): The contract documents for the new school at Castlegregory, County Kerry were only recently completed.

The question of inviting tenders for the project will arise for consideration in the context of my Department's capital allocation in 1987. The erection of the school cannot take place before satisfactory tenders have been received for the project and a capital allocation is available.