Update: School Building Requirements – Education 8th October, 2014

8th October 2014 - Bernard Durkan TD

Uimhir:178, 180

Ceist Pharlaiminte

Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps she has taken or
proposes to take to meet the school building requirements at primary and second
level throughout the country in the coming year; and if she will make a
statement on the matter.
– Bernard J. Durkan.

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the total number of schools
throughout the country likely to benefit from refurbishment or replacement in
the coming year; the extent to which adequate budgetary provisions have been
made in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
-Bernard J. Durkan.

* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 8th October, 2014.
Reference Number: 38452/14, 38450/14


Minister Jan O’Sullivan

I propose to take questions 178 and 180 together.

The Five Year Construction Plan that was announced in March 2012 as part of the
Department’s €2 billion capital investment programme, outlines the major school
projects that are scheduled to commence construction over the duration of the
Plan. These have been prioritised on the basis of meeting significant
demographic needs.

In addition, my Department will also consider applications from individual
schools for devolved funding to meet an immediate accommodation requirement
because of increased enrolments and where an additional teacher is being

My Department will continue to analyse demographic trends and to monitor
enrolments in all areas, to determine the level of additional school provision
which may be required into the future and to ensure that this is provided in a
timely manner.

The current status of all projects on the school building programme may be
viewed on my Department’s website at www.education.ie and this is updated
regularly throughout the year.

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