Dáil Éireann - Volume 658 - 02 July, 2008

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason the third junior infant classes proposed at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare in early 2007 have not been met and that only two such classes are now proposed with consequent impact on class size; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26053/08]

  Deputy Batt O’Keeffe: As part of the Programme for Government, a Developing Areas Unit was set up recently in my Department to focus on the school accommodation needs of rapidly developing areas, including Maynooth. The main emphasis in 2008 is on providing sufficient school places in these developing areas, as well as delivering improvements in the quality of existing primary and post-primary school accommodation throughout the country.

In this context, the status of all schools in Maynooth is being assessed. The school referred to by the Deputy is being included in this assessment.

As is the case with all large capital projects currently on hand within the Unit, their progression will be considered in the context of the multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme.