Dáil Éireann - Volume 596 - 26 January, 2005

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

  1149. Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress made in regard to applications from the board of management of a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary. [1718/05]

  Ms Hanafin: The extension project at the school to which the Deputy refers has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria, which were revised following consultation with the education partners. Progress on this project is being considered in the context of the school building programme. The school has also submitted an application for grant-aid under the summer works scheme 2005. Applications under this scheme are currently being assessed. The Deputy will be aware that I recently announced the first phase of the 2005 school building programme which provided details of 122 major school building projects country wide which will prepare tenders and move to construction during 2005.

[638] This announcement is the first in a series of announcements I plan to make in the coming period in relation to the schools building and modernisation programme that will include details of schools identified as suitable for construction under public private partnerships; an expansion of the number of schools that will be invited to deliver their building projects on the basis of devolved funding; details of schools with projects approved under the 2005 summer works scheme; schools whose projects will further progress through the design process and schools that will be authorised to commence architectural planning.

  1150. Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress which has been made in regard to applications from the board of management of a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary. [1719/05]

  Ms Hanafin: The project at the school to which the Deputy refers has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria, which were revised following consultation with the education partners. Progress on this project is being considered in the context of the school building programme and the Deputy will be aware that I recently announced the first phase of the 2005 school building programme which provided details of 122 major school building projects country wide which will prepare tenders and move to construction during 2005.

This announcement is the first in a series of announcements I plan to make in the coming period in relation to the schools building and modernisation programme that will include details of schools identified as suitable for construction under public private partnerships; an expansion of the number of schools that will be invited to deliver their building projects on the basis of devolved funding; details of schools with projects approved under the 2005 summer works scheme; schools whose projects will further progress through the design process and schools that will be authorised to commence architectural planning.

  1151. Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Science if a school (details supplied) in County Cork will be included in the schools building programme 2005. [1720/05]

  Ms Hanafin: The extension and refurbishment project at the school to which the Deputy refers has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria, which was revised following consultation with the education partners and is considered suitable for consideration for funding under one of the devolved initiatives. The Deputy will be aware that I recently announced the first phase of the 2005 school building programme which provided details of 122 major school build[639] ing projects country wide which will prepare tenders and move to construction during 2005.

This announcement is the first in a series of announcements I plan to make in the coming period in relation to the schools building and modernisation programme that will include details of schools identified as suitable for construction under public private partnerships; an expansion of the number of schools that will be invited to deliver their building projects on the basis of devolved funding; details of schools with projects approved under the 2005 summer works scheme; schools whose projects will further progress through the design process and schools that will be authorised to commence architectural planning.

  1152. Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Science if a school (details supplied) in County Cork will be included in the schools building programme 2005. [1721/05]

  Ms Hanafin: I am pleased to advise the Deputy that a grant of €275,000 was sanctioned in 2004 to enable the management authorities of the school in question to provide additional accommodation. To date planning permission and the fire safety certificate have been received from the local authority, tenders have been sought and a builder is expected to commence works on site shortly.