Dáil Éireann - Volume 471 - 13 November, 1996
Written Answers. - Replacement of Pre-Fab School Buildings.
Mr. S. Brennan Mr. S. Brennan
142. Mr. S. Brennan asked the Minister for Education if her attention has been drawn to an application, dated 4 May 1995, seeking sanction for the replacement of prefabs which are up to 32 years-old at a school (detail supplied) in Dublin; if her attention has further been drawn to the visit by an inspector of her Department almost five months later which was the first contact from her Department; the date the inspector's report was submitted to her Department; if an architectural inspection has been carried out on the disintegrating prefabs which have serious roof problems along with part of the buildings being beyond repair, and that the school is now faced with a cost in excess of £4,000 for essential repairs to the prefabs; if she will cover the essential repairs as a special grant given that this cost would almost wipe out the minor works grant due to be introduced in January 1997; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21269/96]
Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach) Niamh Bhreathnach
Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): I am aware of the application to which the Deputy refers.
The school is seeking the replacement of the prefabricated buildings with a permanent extension. The schools building inspector reported to the Department on 25 October 1996 in the matter. The report is currently being considered in the Planning and Building Unit of my Department.
 The school has applied separately for a grant towards the cost of roof repairs to the fabricast building and also renovation works to the prefab buildings. These applications are currently being considered in my Department.
In the light of these applications, an architect will visit the school very shortly to assess the overall accommodation needs.
Dáil Éireann 471 Written Answers. Replacement of Pre-Fab School Buildings.