265. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of funding allocated to a school (details supplied) in Dublin 7 to progress a planned development for the school to design and construction stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35048/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The brief for the school building project at the school referred to by the Deputy is for the replacement of a total of 17 prefabricated buildings with permanent accommodation and the provision of a new shared General Purpose room.
My Department has commenced preparing the detailed tender documentation for the appointment of a Design Team to the project and will be in touch shortly with the school authorities to outline the next steps and...

273. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the construction of a secondary school will commence on the old greyhound track in Harold’s Cross; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35161/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the acquisition of the former greyhound stadium at Harold’s Cross by the Department is currently at the conveyancing stage.
The acquisition of the property and the development of school infrastructure on the site is contingent upon a change to the current zoning.
The statutory process required in respect of a variation to the Dublin City Development plan is currently underway.
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284. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has received a request from a delegation of schools regarding a building project (details supplied); if a reply has issued regarding this meeting; if not, if he will he meet the delegation as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35299/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to inform the Deputy that I have received the request to which he refers and a response to this request will issue shortly.
As the Deputy is aware the project to which he refers is included on my Department’s capital programme.
A preferred site option has been identified and officials from the relevant Local Authority, on behalf of my Department, have engaged in discussions with the landowner in question with a view to its acquisi...

298. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the progression of works at a school (details supplied); if a timeline for works has been finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35568/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Stage 2(b) Detailed Design Report was recently submitted to my Department by the Board of Management and its Design Team. Following receipt of that submission, my Department authorised the Board of Management to instruct its Design Team to commence the pre-qualification process for the assessment of suitably qualified contractors to which the project can be tendered. This authorisation was granted by my Department in order to exped...

300. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progression of works at a school (details supplied); if a timeline for the conclusion of works has been finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35635/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is probably aware, the project to which she refers is being delivered by the local Education and Training Board.  My Department understands from the ETB that the project will be handed over on a phased basis to enable the first pupils to take up occupation for 1 September next.    
The outstanding works will be completed as soon as possible to facilitate a complete hand over of the entire building.
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327. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress on a new schools building project for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35949/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - 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.
Officials in my Department have been liaising with officials in the relevant Local Authority and have been in contact with the school patron and trustees to discuss the potential acquisition of a site for the school. 
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328. 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 35950/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project to which the Deputy refers is currently at tender stage. Subject to no further issues arising it is anticipated that construction will commence in late 2017 and the project is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete.
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332. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a permanent site for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35954/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - 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 in my Department’s capital programme.
Officials in my Department continue to liaise with officials in Fingal County Council in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the identification and acquisition of a suitable site for the school.
Due to commercial sensitivities relating to site acquisitions generally I am not in a position to ...

339. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the planning and architectural process on the planned expansion of a school (details supplied); the details of the accommodation and facilities that are to be encompassed as part of these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36048/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project to which the Deputy refers is to refurbish and provide a five-classroom extension and associated ancillary accommodation.
The Stage 2b Detailed Design Report was submitted to my Department by the Board of Management and its Design Team. Following receipt of the Stage 2b submission requests for further information were issued to the Design Team through the Board of Management of the school. Additional information has recentl...

340. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the planning and architectural process on the planned expansion of a school (details supplied); the details of the accommodation and facilities that are to be encompassed as part of these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36049/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project to which the Deputy refers is to provide a new school with two Early Intervention/pre-school Classrooms, six Mild Moderate Classrooms, nine ASD Classrooms, three Severe and Profound Classrooms and associated ancillary accommodation.
The project has reached an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2b, which involves securing the statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents.  The Design Team is currentl...

341. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the planning and architectural process on the planned expansion of a school (details supplied); the details of the accommodation and facilities that are to be encompassed as part of these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36050/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - 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 Stage 2(a) of the Architectural Planning process, the Developed Design Stage.
The brief for this project will provide an extension and refurbishment for a 24 classroom school with teaching accommodation for 11.5 Special Education Teachers.
A brief change request was received from the Board of Management, encompassing a number of amendments to the agreed Stage 1 ini...

342. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the planning and architectural process on the planned expansion of a school (details supplied); the details of the accommodation and facilities that are to be encompassed as part of these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36051/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, a building project to deliver a major extension for the school referred to is included on my Department’s six-year construction programme.
It is my Department’s intention to undertake a site visit to the school in the context of initiating the architectural planning process for the project and my Department will be in contact with the school in due course in that regard.
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343. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress made on the planning and architectural process made on a planned expansion of a school (details supplied); the details of the accommodation and facilities that are to be encompassed as part of these plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36052/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project to which the Deputy refers is to provide an eight classroom extension and general refurbishment, with provision for a new General Purpose room and additional play area.
The project has reached an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2b, which involves securing the statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents.  The Design Team is currently working on completing the Stage 2b submission.
When the Stage ...

358. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 269 of 13 July 2017, if the funding is in place for a replacement school building for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36462/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The major school building project to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of architectural planning - Stage 2(b). All statutory approvals have been secured. 
However, following the necessary appointment of a replacement Mechanical & Electrical Engineer the Design Team in association with the newly appointed Engineer are working on a revised M&E; report which will be submitted to the Department when it is completed. My Depar...

269. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe and commencement date for the replacement school building for a school (details supplied); if the funding is in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33644/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The major school building project to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of architectural planning - Stage 2(b). All statutory approvals have been secured.
However, following the necessary appointment of a replacement Mechanical & Electrical Engineer the Design Team in association with the newly appointed Engineer are working on a revised M&E; report which will be submitted to the Department when it is completed. My Departm...

270. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new school building (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33652/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - 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 applications for Planning Permission, Fire Certificate and Disability Access Certificate and the preparation of Tender Documents.  All statutory approvals have been secured. 
The Stage 2b submission has been reviewed by the Department. Following this review the Design Team have been authorised to commen...

297. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position with regard to funding for the new build of a school (details supplied); if it is still included in the primary schools building programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34306/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that a building project for the school in question was included in my Department’s 6 Year Capital Programme. 
As you are aware, the disposal of the site on which the school is located to my Department for the school has been approved by South Dublin County Council. However, title issues were identified with the property and a Compulsory Purchase Order was undertaken by the Council with a view to regularising ...

320. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a site has been finalised for the establishment of the new primary school in Ballincollig, County Cork, due to open in September 2017; and if so, the location. (Question 34500/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that the new primary school for Ballincollig, County Cork will open in September 2017 in temporary accommodation at Ballincollig Rugby Club.
With respect to the permanent accommodation for the school, officials in my Department have engaged with officials in Cork County Council under the Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of schools sites with a view to identifying and acquiring a suitable permane...

170. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which the school building programme at primary and second level in County Kildare continues to proceed as planned having particular regard to the urgent requirement for school places; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33493/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department’s six year Capital Programme priorities building projects to meet demographic demand and this includes schools in County Kildare. The Capital Programme also provides for devolved funding for additional classrooms, if required, for schools where an immediate enrolment need has been identified or where an additional teacher has been appointed.
As the Deputy is aware, there are currently 29 maj...

173. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress in regard to the provision of the twin school project at Moyglare Road, Maynooth, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33496/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the project to which he refers is on site.  The contract has a twenty-four month duration.  The project is expected to be completed in early 2019. 
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180. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the development of a new school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33559/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department recently received additional information in respect of the proposed project for the school referred to.
My Department is currently considering the information and will be in further contact with the school shortly.
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181. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a development at a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33560/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, the project for the school referred to, is included in my Department’ six year Construction Programme. 
My Department has recently received a request for changes to the proposed project, which is currently under consideration.  My Department will be in contact with the school authorities on the matter shortly.
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201. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will expedite the new facility for a school (details supplied) as a priority; the starting date for this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32063/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Stage 2(b) Detailed Design Report was recently submitted to my Department by the Board of Management and its Design Team. Following receipt of that submission, my Department authorised the Board of Management to instruct its Design Team to commence the pre-qualification process for the assessment of suitably qualified contractors to which the project can be tendered. This authorisation was granted by my Department in order to exped...

216. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application for an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Sligo; the progress to date with the proposal; the details of the extension involved; when construction is likely to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32243/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department received an application from the school referred to for additional accommodation to provide classrooms, specialist rooms and ancillary accommodation.
The process of assessing the application is currently being progressed and my Department will be in contact with the school authorities in the matter as soon as possible.
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246. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills the plans for a new school (details supplied); when construction is expected to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33037/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - 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 (2016-2021).  
The purchase of a suitable site for the school’s permanent accommodation has recently been completed.  Arrangements are now being made to finalise the project brief for the school concerned with the aim of progressing the project into architectural planning.
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