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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106. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to a school that is waiting a number of years for a 2B submission to be made by a design team in order to progress a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20607/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Stage 2b Report for the major building project referred to by the Deputy was received in my Department in September 2017.
This report was subsequently reviewed and comments issued to the Board of Management. 
In February 2018 my Department issued a letter to the school and its Design Team advising them of a timeframe for the progression of this project.  This project has recently been authorised to commence the Pre-Qualification of C...

110. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress of the design phase of a proposed new school for (details supplied) in view of the delays in the project to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20640/18 asked on 10 May 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 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured. 
My Department recently completed the review of the Stage 2b submission for this project and comments have issued.  Each member of the design team has been requested to s...

115. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of works for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20685/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of the tender process. My Department is currently awaiting the return of the supplementary tender report. Subject to no issues arising with the supplementary tender report the project is still on track to commence construction in the second quarter of 2018.
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119. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe for the opening date of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20711/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The building to which the Deputy refers had been scheduled to open in September 2018.  However, a slight delay has been occasioned due to a High Court challenge to planning permission for elements of the project.  This was unforeseen given that the building was well under construction before the legal challenge was taken.   The project is devolved for delivery to the local authority and my Department is working with that agency to ensure...

108. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a request for a school extension (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20248/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning - Stage 1. A revised Stage 1 submission, including an up to date cost plan, was requested from the Design Team following an increase in the schedule of accommodation to cater for up to 1200 pupils.
Upon submission, presentation and review of the Stage 1 report, and subject to no issues arising, the project should then be aut...

109. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20249/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school to which he refers is included in my Department’s Capital Programme.
My Department is currently finalising the development of the project brief with the aim of progressing the project into architectural planning at an early stage. In that regard, my Department will also be in direct contact with the school authority shortly regarding its project.
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110. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new school (details supplied) in County Cork. (Question 20250/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to advise that architectural planning has commenced for the school referred to by the Deputy, for delivery under the Department’s Design and Build Programme. Site surveys have commenced in advance of preparing the Planning Application which will be the next key milestone in the progression of the project. 
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130. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the building of a new school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20408/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that officials from my Department have been working closely with officials from the relevant Local Authority under the Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of school sites in order to identify and procure a suitable site for the school to which he refers.
A comprehensive technical assessment of a significant number of identified site options has been undertaken by my Department with the assistance o...

153. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application by a school (details supplied) for additional space; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19741/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the school in question submitted an application for significant capital funding to provide additional classroom accommodation and a general purpose room.
My Department advised the school that the current priority is the provision of additional mainstream classrooms where a new teaching post has been sanctioned and cannot be accommodated within the existing school building. The school in question did not ...

154. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) will be inaugurated; the process for the selection of a school patron and a permanent site for the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19762/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

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), including a new 800 pupil post-primary school to be established in 2020 to serve the Blanchardstown_West_D15 & BlanchardstownVge_D15 school planning areas as a regional solution. This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary ...

155. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed new schools in west County Dublin in the new school building programme; the rationale underlining his plan in respect of demographic projections, future population growth and patronage mix; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19763/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022), including the following schools for the West County Dublin area:
- 8 classroom primary school to be established in 2020 to serve the Newcastle_Rathcoole school planning area
- 8 classroom primary school to be established in 2021 to serve the Clondalkin_D22 school planning area
- 1,000 pupil post-primary scho...

156. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new schools at primary and second level to be established in respect of the Cabra and Phibsborough Dublin 7 school planning areas; the number of proposed school refurbishments; the number of proposed school amalgamations in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19764/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

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.
While the announcement did not inc...

159. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills if stage 2B of a school (details supplied) has been completed; if the project has moved to the stage 3 tender process; and if the transfer and conveyance of the land is not impeding this project from proceeding. (Question 19875/18 asked on 08 May 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 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured.
My Department recently completed the review of the Stage 2b submission for this project and comments have issued. Each member of the design team has been requested to su...

160. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the schedule of accommodation will be announced in the case of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19888/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, a building project for the school to which he refers is included in my Department’s 6-Year Construction Programme. In the context of progressing the building project, my Department has undertaken a site visit to the school and schedules of accommodation are currently being prepared.
The building project will be devolved to Kildare Wicklow Education & Training Board (KWETB) for delivery and it is my Department’s i...

176. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of contractors which have expressed an interest in the construction of a school (details supplied) by the closing date of 3 May 2018; when tenders will be invited for the project; the length of time the tender process will take; when construction will commence on the new school as indicated in the departmental letter to the school in March 2018, which set out the timeframe for the progression of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20144/18 asked on 08 May 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 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured. 
The Stage 2(b) submission has been reviewed by my Department and a letter  issued to the school and its Design Team advising them of a timeframe for the progression of ...

177. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 86 of 22 March 2018, if the project brief is finalised in respect of the school; if so, the details of same; when a design team will be appointed for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20145/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the project brief for the school in question has been finalised and the schedules of accommodation have been issued to the Patron.  My Department will be in further contact with the school authority in due course relating to the appointment of a Design Team.
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182. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a school building (details supplied) in County Kildare; if the site is now in the ownership of his Department; and when construction will commence. (Question 20173/18 asked on 08 May 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 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured. 
My Department recently completed the review of the Stage 2b submission for this project and comments have issued. Each member of the design team has been requested to ...

99. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the need for new national or secondary schools in the Charlestown and Meakstown areas of Dublin 11 has been examined or assessed. (Question 19541/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, in order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas. For school planning purposes Meakstown/Charlestown is located in the Finglas East-Ballymun-Dublin 11 school planning area, in which there are currently 9 primary schools. 
As the Deputy will be aware, I recently announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schoo...

125. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding progress on a permanent school building project for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18562/18 asked on 01 May 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 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured.
The Design Team is currently completing the Stage 2b submission. Upon receipt and review of this report my Department will revert to the Board of Management with regard ...

134. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) has had its proposed new build extension downsized; if other similar projects are being reduced in size as a result of the recent announcement of 42 new schools; and if so, the details of same. (Question 18650/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the school in question submitted a master plan containing details of how it envisaged the school developing in the future. The master plan would require significant capital funding to undertake a major extension and refurbishment of the existing school building. The school indicated that the proposed project would cater for future demographic growth in the area as well as providing additional specialist...

137. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a building project to provide a permanent replacement school for a school (details supplied) will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18672/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that building projects for the two schools referred to by the Deputy are included in my Department’s 6 Year Construction Programme.
Site issues have arisen in respect of the projects in question and my Department is continuing to liaise with the school’s Patron in this regard. I understand that my Department is awaiting a suitable meeting date to be notified by the Patron to discuss the matter further.
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151. Deputy Colm Brophy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if funding will be provided to a school (details supplied) to ensure the maintenance of the existing prefabricated structure until the new school building is completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18826/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has finalised the project brief for the development of a permanent school building for the school in question and the school has been advised accordingly. The Department will be in further contact with the school shortly relating to the next steps to advance the project through the architectural planning process. The school has also been provided with a point of contact within my Department ...

153. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe for the construction of a new school building for a school (details supplied); the stage the plans are at; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18837/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project to which the Deputy refers is being devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board. My Department is in the process of arranging a Service Level Agreement with the ETB in this regard. Once this is in place, the ETB can proceed to appoint a Design Team for the project to move though the various stages of architectural planning and on to tender and construction.
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156. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the capital plans for each secondary school in Cork city and county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18855/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the current status of all building projects, including those in Cork city and county may be viewed on my Department’s website www.education.ie – Schools & Colleges - Building Works.
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