Dáil Éireann - Volume 675 - 17 February, 2009

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will support a matter in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 3. [5656/09]

  Deputy Batt O’Keeffe: The proposed building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. As the Deputy will be aware, last week, I announced details of 43 major building projects to proceed to tender and construction and 25 high priority projects to commence architectural planning. The project to which the Deputy refers was not included in this announcement. Therefore, it is unlikely that it will be progressed in 2009. The progression of all large scale building projects, including the project in question, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered in the context of my Department’s multiannual School Building and Modernisation Programme. However, in light of current competing demands on the capital budget of the Department, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project at this time. I am pleased to inform the Deputy, however, that the Department has taken a decision in principle to replace a number of prefabs at the school and this matter is being progressed.