Dáil Éireann - Volume 475 - 26 February, 1997

Written Answers - Cork Convent Development.

12. Mr. E. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education if she remains committed to providing the £10 million necessary for the development of the former Good Shepherd Convent by UCC, County Cork; the moneys, if any, she has provided in the 1997 Estimates for the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5197/97]

16. Mr. Cowen asked the Minister for Education if she remains committed to providing the £10 million necessary for the development of the former Good Shepherd Convent by UCC, County Cork; the moneys, if any, she has provided in the 1997 Estimates for the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5195/97]

20. Dr. O'Hanlon asked the Minister for Education if she remains committed to providing the £10 million necessary for the development of the [1022] former Good Shepherd Convent by UCC, County Cork; the moneys, if any, she has provided in the 1997 Estimates for the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5194/97]

28. Mr. Moynihan asked the Minister for Education if she remains committed to providing the £10 million necessary for the development of the former Good Shepherd Convent by UCC, County Cork; the moneys, if any, she has provided in the 1997 Estimates for the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5196/97]

39. Mr. M. Ahern asked the Minister for Education if she remains committed to providing the £10 million necessary for the development of the former Good Shepherd Convent by UCC, County Cork; the moneys, if any, she has provided in the 1997 Estimates for the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5198/97]

41. Mr. Martin asked the Minister for Education if she remains committed to providing the £10 million necessary for the development of the former Good Shepherd Convent by UCC, County Cork; the moneys, if any, she has provided in the 1997 Estimates for the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5193/97]

57. Mr. Hughes asked the Minister for Education if she remains committed to providing the £10 million necessary for the development of the former Good Shepherd Convent by UCC, County Cork; the moneys, if any, she has provided in the 1997 Estimates for the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5201/97]

61. Mr. J. Walsh asked the Minister for Education if she remains committed to providing the £10 million necessary for the development of the former Good Shepherd Convent by UCC, County Cork; the moneys, if any, she has provided in the 1997 Estimates for the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5200/97]

71. Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Education if she remains committed to providing the £10 million necessary for the development of the former Good Shepherd Convent by UCC, County Cork; the moneys, if any, she has provided in the 1997 Estimates for the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5199/97]

79. Dr. Moffatt asked the Minister for Education if she remains committed to providing the £10 million necessary for the development of the former Good Shepherd Convent by UCC, County Cork; the moneys, if any, she has provided in the 1997 Estimates for the project; and [1023] if she will make a statement on the matter. [5202/97]

Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 16, 20, 28, 39, 41, 57, 61, 71 and 79 together.

A total of £795,000 was provided in 1995 through the Higher Education Authority towards acquisition costs and initial development works for the development of the Good Shepherd Convent.

Consultations have been ongoing between the Higher Education Authority and University College Cork with regard to finalising proposals for the proposed development of the Convent. The Higher Education Authority has indicated these are due to be received from the college very shortly. They will then be considered by the authority which has a statutory responsibility for advising me on capital investment in the university sector.

As soon as the final proposals are received in my Department from the authority they will be considered in the normal way in the context of other priorities and overall resource constraints.