100. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 233 of 27 March 2018, if the tender for appointment of a replacement architect for a building project (details supplied) has been made. (Question 20531/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Tender documents for a replacement architect for the major building project at the school referred to by the Deputy are currently being prepared by my Department.
It is expected that the Invitation to Tender for this appointment will issue week ending 18 May 2018.
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233. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for a new school building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13525/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The major building project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2(b) which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals, including Planning Permission, have been secured. 
Lands adjacent to the school site have been purchased from Fingal County Council and a private vendor by the school authority. 
The need has arisen for a...

38. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the project brief for the building works at a school (details supplied) has been finalised; the commencement date of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4660/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that a project for St. Molaga’s National School is included in my Department’s Capital Programme to primarily replace existing temporary accommodation with permanent accommodation. In that regard officials in my Department are currently preparing the project brief which will facilitate the progression of the project into Architectural Planning, including the appointment of a Design Team.  In this context I can...

131. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in the development of a building project by a school (details supplied); and the timeframe regarding same. (Question 44654/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, a building project for the school referred to is included in the 6 Year Capital Programme (2016-2021). 
My Department is currently finalising the project brief and once this process is complete, my Department will be in further contact with the school. The project will be progressed into the architectural planning process without delay when the brief has been finalised.
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14. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps that will be taken to ensure that there are no further unnecessary delays in the expected timescale for the construction and completion of phase two of a college (details supplied). (Question 31725/17 asked on 06 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project to which the Deputy refers will provide permanent accommodation to cater for the full projected enrolment of 1000 pupils including a Special Needs Unit, a Sports Hall with fitness suite and changing facilities and ancillary accommodation and a school library.
My Department approved the project to proceed to Tender Stage in October 2016. Pre-qualification of contractors for this project had first been conducted by the design ...

459. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the delay to the completion of the final phase of a secondary school (details supplied); the reason this project has not been delivered on time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26852/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project referred to by the Deputy was authorised to proceed to tender in October 2016. 
However, as the pre-qualification of contractors had first been conducted by the design team in April 2015 the design team, concerned about the possibility of legal challenges, asked the Office of Government Procurement for advice on this matter. The advice was that it would be prudent to run the pre-qualification again. 
The Design Team has rerun...

170. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to delays with the school building project at a school (details supplied); if he will ensure that this building can begin without further delay; and if he will reinstate the prefabs in the interim. (Question 22890/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers was granted funding under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2013, and I am pleased to inform the Deputy that in recent days formal permission has been given to the school authority to proceed with re-tendering this project. 
My Department has also recently granted approval in principle to rent temporary accommodation in respect of the purchased prefabs and the school has been notified ...

128. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress of the provision of a new school (details supplied) and the timeline for works. (Question 17177/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that a building project for the school referred to in the details supplied is included in my Department’s 6 Year Construction Programme (2016-2021). 
My Department is currently engaging with officials in Fingal County Council regarding the development of an educationally zoned site in the area in question. Specific technical issues around the required infrastructure are currently being assessed. When these ...

239. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will correct the record of Dáil Éireann in regard to his response to Parliamentary Question No. 35 of 18 January 2017, specifically in relation to the appointment of the design team and the fact that it was appointed by his Department rather than by the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (details supplied). (Question 8678/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to confirm that the Design Team for the project referred to by the Deputy was appointed by my Department and not by Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board.
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35. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in the construction of phase 2 of a school (details supplied); the likely construction date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1296/17 asked on 18 Jan 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Deputy Clare Daly: I have to say it is an affront I have even had to table the question, which is about phase 2 of the construction of Lusk community college. I tabled this question 18 months ago, when the construction should have been completed. Now, 18 months on, which is 30% of the educational lifetime of the students, it has not even started. I want to know the reason for the delay and when will construction be delivered.
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437. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware of the independent assessment carried out in January 2016 regarding the condition of the K prefabricated compound in Portmarnock Community School in County Dublin, and given the rapid rate of decline of the building which is six years beyond its protected structural lifespan, to reschedule the redevelopment to an earlier date than the present commencement date of 2019. (Question 4764/16 asked on 22 Mar 2016 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The Department has acknowledged the condition of the prefabs at the school in question and in that regard a major project to deliver an extension, including the replacement of all temporary accommodation, and refurbishment of the existing school building is included in the 6-year Construction Programme announced in November 2015. The Deputy will appreciate that it is not possible to progress all projects concurrently and in that regard,...

1319. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason phase 2 of development work on a school (details supplied) in County Dublin has not yet commenced, despite assurances that it would be completed in time for the 2015-16 academic year; when phase 2 will be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31878/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The Major Building Project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The school’s Design Team are currently working on Stage 2b - Detailed Design, which involves obtaining planning permission, fire certificate and disability access certificate and the completion of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured.
Once the Stage 2b Tender documentation is submitted, the Department will carry ...

72. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to upgrade schools (details supplied), both of which are badly in need of their buildings being upgraded. (Question 28806/14 asked on 03 Jul 2014 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I wish to advise the Deputy that the first school to which she refers submitted an application for Structural Improvement works under the 2014 Summer Works Scheme. Commensurate with the level of funding set aside for the Scheme, applications were assessed on a top down basis in accordance with the prioritisation criteria outlined in the Circular accompanying the Scheme. Unfortunately, due to the scale of demand for funding under the Scheme...

234. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 177 of 11 December 2012; the date of the change in his Departments attitude towards Rush and Lusk Educate Togethers permanent building and the reason it was de-selected vis-a-vie the other schools on that list. (Question 57853/12 asked on 16 Jan 2013 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): In determining projects that would be announced to proceed to construction during the 5 Year Plan, my Department prioritised new school buildings and extensions to meet future demographic growth. Other factors that were taken into account in scheduling the projects over the duration of the plan included the stage of progression reached by individual projects in the architectural design process, the availability of sites where appropriate a...

177. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the decision not to award a permanent building to Rush and Lusk Educate Together was made, in contradiction to previous commitments; by whom was the decision made; and the reason for same. (Question 55297/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): A rapid construction building similar to permanent school buildings supplied elsewhere was provided in 2008 on the site that is currently occupied by the school, referred to by the Deputy.
As the Deputy is aware, the building project for this school was included in the 5 Year Construction programme announced earlier this year. In the context of prioritising projects for inclusion in the Plan, the Planning and Building Unit in my Department...

253. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills in view of the abandonment of a project (details supplied) in County Kilkenny by a builder if he will immediately organise for the recommencement of the project under a direct labour and materials contract. (Question 46224/12 asked on 23 Oct 2012 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The extant contract for the school building project to which the Deputy refers, is between the school authorities and the contractor in question. Following notification from the school that works did not proceed as expected on October 8th, Department officials met with the school authorities and their Design Team to consider the next steps. My officials are liaising with the school authorities and are monitoring progress on this project.
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