Dáil Éireann - Volume 630 - 31 January, 2007
Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.
Mr. Ring Mr. Ring
Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason funding for the renovation of the second floor of a school (details supplied) in County Mayo was taken away from them; when can we expect funding for two extra classrooms for that school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2402/07]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin: The Office of Public Works, who carry out the Asbestos Remediation Programme on behalf of my Department, surveyed the school and the prefabs on site for asbestos in 2004. Asbestos was found to be present in certain areas of the school and in a four classroom prefab. The  Office of Public Works carried out remediation works on the school in 2005 and all asbestos in the building was removed. However due to the age of the prefab and the presence of asbestos, the Office of Public Works recommended that this prefab be demolished.
Officials in my Department authorised the OPW to replace this prefab with a new prefab and these works were carried out by the OPW in 2006. This project will be funded in full by the Department of Education & Science. The Planning Section of the Department has received an application for major capital funding from the management authority of the school. The application has been assessed and will be considered in the context of the National Development Plan 2007-2013.
Dáil Éireann 630 Written Answers. Schools Building Projects.