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...

468. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has received a capital funding application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the project involves the inclusion of accommodation and facilities for children with additional needs; the timeframe for the processing of the application and commencement of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16635/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that an application for additional accommodation was submitted by the school referred to by the Deputy to provide accommodation to facilitate children with special educational needs.
Approval in principle has been sanctioned for a devolved grant under the Additional School Accommodation Scheme.  The site development is complex and, in that regard, a project brief is nearing completion. Once completed, my Department will mak...

269. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if funding is available for a national school (details supplied) for equipping a new resource classroom and if not, why not; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21018/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to be able to inform the Deputy that the school to which he refers has been allocated funding for furniture for the new resource room approved under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme. In common with all projects carried out under this Scheme, the furniture grant will be paid at final drawdown stage for the project.
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