Dáil Éireann - Volume 607 - 11 October, 2005

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

  427. Mr. Healy asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding the provision of accommodation for the second year class at a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and her views on the provision of additional non-pay funding for the school as currently all non-pay funding is provided out of the VEC budget. [27633/05]

  Ms Hanafin: An application for additional accommodation for September 2005 was received from the school to which the Deputy refers. This application was unsuccessful as the school is accommodated in a mainstream post primary school in which enrolments have fallen. Therefore, it was considered that appropriate accommodation was available for use by the school in question.

The position in relation to the funding of VEC schools is that payments are made to VECs as part of a block grant that is designed to meet VEC overheads and other activities in addition to the second-level programme. The Department does not earmark allocations for individual schools or for the various activities of VECs. My Department has recently received a request from the County Tipperary, South Riding, VEC for increased funding, including the school referred to by the Deputy. The request is currently being given full consideration and my Department will revert directly to the VEC in the near future.