112. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the demographics of south County Kildare remain under review for the purposes of the provision of a new secondary school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20670/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the 4-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure. 
In addition to the new schools ann...

113. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the criteria used in selecting the new schools included on the recently announced school building programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20677/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the 4-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure. 
In order to plan for school provi...

116. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for a third junior infant class for September 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20281/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has no record of receiving an application from the school referred to by the Deputy. Should an application be received it will be considered and the school authority informed of the outcome.
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117. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for additional accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20307/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of a further appeal from the school in respect of an application for additional accommodation. 
My Department has been in contact with the school authority on the matter and expects to be in a position to revert to the school shortly. 
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121. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a building application by a school (details supplies); the reason the school principal is receiving contradictory answers when contacting his Department for information; and when the school can expect a response from his Department. (Question 20344/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department is in receipt of an application for additional accommodation from the school referred to by the Deputy.
I understand the application has been considered and a decision is due to issue to the school authority in the matter in the coming days.
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151. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 183 of 6 February 2018, the status of plans for the development of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19709/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department has recently approved grant-aid at the school referred to for the provision of an ASD Unit and general classroom accommodation. The relevant ETB has been informed of the decision and an approval letter, outlining the terms and conditions of the grant, will issue shortly.
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163. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision will be made in relation to an application for an additional classroom by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19929/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of application from the school referred to for the provision of additional classroom accommodation. The application is currently under consideration and my Department will be in direct contact with the school authorities when the assessment process has concluded.
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167. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for additional school accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19953/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of application from the school referred to for the provision of additional classroom. The application is currently under consideration and my Department will be in direct contact with the school authorities when the assessment process has concluded. 
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100. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the application by a school (details supplied) for a permanent extension will be expedited in view of serious health and safety concerns expressed by key community and education officials; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19240/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department has received an application for additional accommodation from the school referred to by the Deputy. My Department has discussed the matter with the school and I understand that the school is providing certain confirmations to my Department. The application will be considered further following receipt of the school’s response.
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148. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Skills the accommodation funding that was granted to a school (details supplied). (Question 18766/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that the school referred to by the Deputy submitted an application for major capital works to my Department under the Additional School Accommodation Scheme. The Additional Accommodation Scheme is designed to address immediate essential classroom accommodation deficits.
In that regard, having examined the application, approval in principle has been granted to the school in respect of four additional temporary classrooms to...

171. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17415/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware an application was received by my Department from the school referred to for the provision of additional accommodation in respect of both classroom and ancillary accommodation.  The application was assessed by my Department and it was determined at that time that there was no deficit of essential accommodation at the school.  That decision was advised to the school authority.
My Department subsequently received a r...

184. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if approval will issue to a school (details supplied) in County Meath in respect of its application for additional school accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17479/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has received an application for additional accommodation from the school referred to by the Deputy.
The school has provided additional information in support of the application and this is being considered. A decision on the application will be conveyed to the school authority when the assessment process has been completed.
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215. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans for an extension to a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17669/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school referred to by the Deputy has been approved 1 X 80m² mainstream classroom, including ensuite toilets and a user assisted toilet. As the project is devolved to the school authority under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme it is now a matter for them to progress the delivery of the project.
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137. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17171/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that the school in question submitted an application for additional accommodation. The application will be considered and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process has been completed.
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138. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision on an application by a school (details supplied) will be made; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that if a decision is not forthcoming the school will have no other option but to begin implementing student caps from 2019 onwards; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that a phased development plan for this application would be possible; if an official in his Department will make contact with the school to discuss the matter further; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17173/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to confirm to the Deputy that an application seeking significant levels of additional accommodation has been received from the school referred to.
The application is currently being considered and a decision will be advised to the school authorities shortly.
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162. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in County Mayo has had its application for additional accommodation declined; if he is satisfied with the reasons provided for the refusal; the way in which the conclusion was reached regarding future enrolment trends; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17333/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the school referred to applied to my Department in February seeking additional accommodation in respect of the appointment of an additional mainstream teacher.
Based on the projected enrolments in the area concerned and the anticipated future enrolment trends, it is envisaged that enrolments in the school planning area have peaked and are expected to decline in the short term. In that context, my Departm...

93. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for works by a school (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16926/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that the school in question submitted an application for additional accommodation. The application will be considered and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process has been completed.
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330. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Education and Skills if in order to qualify for future capital funding for a school, such as summer works or capital works, that the school must have provision for special education needs including autism; and if so, the way in which he plans to reconcile the existing infrastructure and staffing deficit within schools to meet this requirement. (Question 15091/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that it is not mandatory that schools make provision for special needs including autism, in order to qualify for capital funding, including Summer Works Scheme funding. The provision of special education facilities is dependent on the demand and existing provision in an area.
Where additional accommodation is required, it is open to all schools to submit an application to the Department for consideration. Appl...

358. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding two projects at a primary school (details supplied) in County Cork. (Question 15392/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): It is planned to carry out one project at the school to which the Deputy refers which would encapsulate traffic management issues as necessary and if possible.
Funding was originally allocated to the school under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2014 to provide 4 mainstream classrooms, 2 SET rooms and a WC for assisted users.
The school subsequently sought an increase in funding to address traffic management issues. The d...

385. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 243 of 20 January 2018, the status of the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15580/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that the school in question has recently provided further information to my Department in relation to the application for additional accommodation. This will now be considered and a decision on the application will be conveyed to the school authority when the assessment process has been completed.
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407. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the schools for which new prefab rentals were arranged during the course of 2017, in tabular form. (Question 15818/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the information requested is currently being compiled by my Department and will be furnished to him shortly.
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411. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for funding for the construction of a classroom which is required as a matter of urgency for a school (details supplied). (Question 15901/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the school to which he refers has recently been approved funding under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme to provide 1 mainstream classroom with en-suite facilities and 1 WC for assisted users at their school. 
The school has been informed of my Department’s decision.
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426. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the additional accommodation application by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16101/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department has received an application for additional accommodation at the school referred to by the Deputy.
The application is currently being considered and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process is completed.
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427. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for additional accommodation by a school (details supplied); the timeframe for a decision on this application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16102/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department has received an application for additional accommodation from the school referred to by the Deputy. The application will be considered as soon as possible and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as this process has been completed.
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428. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for additional accommodation by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16153/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department has received an application for additional accommodation from the school in question.
The application will be assessed and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process has been completed. 
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