144. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for a new building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17194/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Applications)

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 project, a school site visit by my Department’s technical staff has been undertaken. My Department is considering the outcome from that visit and will be in further contact with the school authorities on the matter in due course.
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148. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide further information on his announcement on 13 April 2018 of a new 16 classroom primary school for Carrigaline by 2020; if this is in addition to primary schools in the area; if there is a site proposed for the new school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17222/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced the opening of 42 new schools over the next 4 years.  This announcement followed nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the current and future need for primary and post-primary school places across the country. 
The announcement included provision for a new 16 classroom primary school to serve Carrigaline to open in September 2020.  This is in addition to existing p...

153. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an additional school accommodation application by a school (details supplied); if the project will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17242/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Applications)

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 is currently under consideration and a decision will be conveyed to the school as soon as this process has been completed.
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154. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an Educate Together school will be built in Whitehall, Dublin 9 (details supplied); if so, the timeframe for the building of the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17244/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy will be aware, on the 30th January, 2017, I announced new plans aimed at providing more multi-denominational and non-denominational schools across the country, in line with the choices of parents, families and school communities and the Programme for Government commitment in this area. 
The Schools Reconfiguration for Diversity process will support transfers of schools to multi-denominational patrons in response to the wish...

161. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) will be established; the schedule for the delivery of the building programme; when the site location will be confirmed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17326/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced the opening of 42 new schools over the next 4 years.  This announcement followed nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the current and future need for primary and post-primary school places across the country, and included provision for a new post primary school to serve Citywest/Saggart (Tallaght & Newcastle/Rathcoole school planning areas) as a Regional Solution ...

163. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans in respect of the recently announced new primary school for Dunshaughlin, County Meath; if a preferred site has been selected; and when the tendering process is likely to commence. (Question 17344/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced the opening of 42 new schools over the next 4 years. This announcement followed nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the current and future need for primary and post-primary school places across the country. 
Following on from the announcement, the locations for all of the schools, including the new primary school to serve Dunshaughlin, will be determined during ...

82. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made to date towards securing a permanent location for a school (details supplied); the expected timeframe for this to be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16860/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a site to accommodate a permanent school building for the school to which he refers has been acquired.
Officials from my Department will be in contact with the school shortly regarding the progression of the project. 
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97. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a proposed building project for a school (details supplied); when this project will proceed to construction stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17000/18 asked on 18 Apr 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 6 Year Construction Programme. 
In this regard, the proposed development is at project brief stage. The next step involves the commencement of the architectural planning process and my Department will be in further contact with the school in this context. 
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325. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a school building project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14987/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The building project at St. Conleth’s Junior & Senior National Schools is an extension refurbishment project, which includes an extension to each School, a new build General Purpose Hall and a Special Needs Unit.
The project is currently at Stage 2B of Architectural Planning - Detailed Design Stage, which includes applications for all statutory consents, including Planning Permission, Disability Access Certificate and Fire Safety Certifi...

339. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the construction of the new building for a school (details supplied); and when students will occupy same. (Question 15137/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers is currently scheduled for completion in May 2018.  Therefore, subject to no issues arising, the building will be ready for occupation in May 2018.
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345. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Topical Issue No. 2 on 21 March 2018 regarding provision for a location for a school (details supplied), the timescale for the delivery of the new site for the school; the impediments regarding same; when the school will be in a position to develop this facility to the next phase; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15219/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As outlined in my response to the Topical Issue to which the Deputy refers, a project to provide a permanent school building for the school in question is included on my Department’s capital programme. Officials in my Department are working closely with officials in the relevant local authority in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the identification and acquisition of a suitable site to facilitate the school...

349. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of school places created and capital expenditure, both nationally and by county, on school building projects since 2010, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15301/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The following table outlines the capital spend by county on large scale projects for the period 2010 to 2017. In addition, the table includes, on a county basis, the total number of school places provided by the completion of large scale projects over the same period.
 County 2010 - 2017 Additional Places Replacement Places Total Places Carlow €30,365,030.35 1,314 280 1,594 Cavan €45,086,220.99 1,140 781 1,921 Clare €...

356. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the proposed special school for County Louth that will merge two schools (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15378/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, a project to provide permanent accommodation for the schools in question is included on my Department’s Capital Programme.
Officials in my Department are liaising with officials in the relevant local authority in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of a suitable site to facilitate the building project. The proposed location for the schools, on the Cement Road in Drogheda...

357. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the major building project at a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15381/18 asked on 17 Apr 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) - Detailed Design, which includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Cert and Disability Access Cert and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been obtained.
In May 2017, the Department gave approval to the school authorities to have their Design Team commence the process of Pre-Quali...

366. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application for a permanent school building for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15469/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is in the process of acquiring a site to accommodate the school to which the Deputy refers.  When the site acquisition process has been progressed further, my Department will be in a position to initiate the architectural planning process for the project.  I can assure the Deputy that every effort is being made to expedite the site acquisition process. 
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367. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeline for the commencement of building works for a school (details supplied); the anticipated completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15478/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is in the process of acquiring a site to accommodate the school to which the Deputy refers. When the site acquisition process has been progressed further, my Department will be in a position to progress the project into architectural planning.  At this stage it is premature to give a timeline for commencement of building works. I can assure the Deputy that every effort is being made to expedite the site acquisition proces...

368. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeline for the commencement of building works for a school (details supplied); the anticipated completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15479/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Maynooth Community College opened in 2014 with an Irish-medium Aonad and it was stated that should the Aonad demonstrate sufficient viability after four years from its date of establishment, a Gaelcholáiste would be established, in a partnership patronage model between Kildare and Wicklow ETB and An Foras Pátrúnachta. 
As part of the Major School Building Projects announcement in November 2015 and in view of the continued support for an ...

369. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeline for the commencement of building works for a school (details supplied); the anticipated completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15480/18 asked on 17 Apr 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 recently issued to the school and its Design Team advising them of a timeframe for the progressi...

370. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeline for the commencement of building works for a school (details supplied); the anticipated completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15481/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project to which the Deputy refers has been devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board (ETB). 
The ETB is currently pre-qualifying contractors for the project.
When this process has been completed, the next steps are tender and construction. It is not possible to provide a timeline for the project until the tender process has been completed and a contract has been awarded. 
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371. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeline for the commencement of building works for a school (details supplied); the anticipated completion date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15482/18 asked on 17 Apr 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 the Department’s 6-Year Construction Programme.  In the context of progressing the building project, my Department has undertaken a site visit to the school.
The building project will be devolved to Kildare Wicklow Education Training Board (KWETB) for delivery and my Department will be engaging with KWETB shortly in this regard.
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391. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a school’s (details supplied) planned extension and refurbishment; the work carried out to date; the next steps in this regard; the timeframe of the works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15638/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 391 and 392 together.
The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school to which he refers is included on the 6-year Construction Programme. In this regard, my Department has carried out a site visit to the school and work has progressed to the project brief stage. This process is currently in train. My Department will be engaging with the school authority relating to commencing the architec...

392. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason previous parliamentary questions seeking updates on a school (details supplied) have delivered a paucity of information in response; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15639/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 391 and 392 together.
The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school to which he refers is included on the 6-year Construction Programme. In this regard, my Department has carried out a site visit to the school and work has progressed to the project brief stage. This process is currently in train. My Department will be engaging with the school authority relating to commencing the architec...

395. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a school building project (details supplied) in County Cork; and when construction will commence. (Question 15722/18 asked on 17 Apr 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.
The formulation of the accommodation brief for the project is being finalised which will in due course allow my Department to liaise with the school in the context of initiating the architectural planning process for the project.
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402. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding progress on a new school building project for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15762/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware the building project for the school in question is included on my Department’s capital programme.
A new school site is required to accommodate this project and officials in my Department have been in contact with the school patron and trustees in relation to the site acquisition.
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403. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the next phase of the school building for a school (details supplied) will commence; the status of this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15763/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers commenced construction on 3rd January 2018.  Works are progressing well on site, subject to no issues arising it is envisaged that the school will be ready for occupation in the 4th quarter of 2019.
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