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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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 ...

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 ...

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...

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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161. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress on the building of a permanent school structure at a school (details supplied); the reason the timeframes indicated to parents have not been kept to; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18918/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that 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 ...

163. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of school building projects (details supplied). (Question 18929/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The current status of the school building projects referred to by the Deputy is as follows:
Holy Family Special School, Charleville – Roll No. 19433M 
An extension to the existing school building providing 6 classrooms, GP Hall and ancillary accommodation, was handed over on 16th September 2016.
Stewards Hospital Special School – Roll No. 19032R 
Construction of a new 28 classroom school commenced on 2nd May 2017 and subject to no ...

166. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the overall contract for the construction of a new education campus (details supplied) in County Cork will go to tender; when the campus development will be completed; when the schools will open on the campus site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18955/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project to which the Deputy refers has been devolved for delivery to the local Education & Training Board.
The Design team has now completed a revised Stage 2B report which was recently submitted to my Department for consideration. In addition, contractors for the project are in the process of being pre-qualified. 
Once the pre-qualification of contractors has been completed and the stage 2B submission has been approved, the intent...

170. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the recent announcement for the construction of a new school in Gurranabraher, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18977/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

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 primary school to be established in 2021 to serve the Gurranbraher-Cork City school planning area. 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 in...

172. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which his Department plans to deal with the provision of a sports hall for a school (details supplied); and the details of project preparatory or pre-planning works carried out to date in addition to likely project timelines should a planning application be approved. (Question 19030/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to advise the Deputy that architectural planning has commenced for the delivery of the PE hall under the Department’s Design and Build Programme. This PE hall forms part of a joint school building project. Site surveys have commenced in advance of preparing the planning application which will be the next key milestone in the progression of the project. It is not possible to provide timelines for the further progression of...

103. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that works recommence to complete an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Cork in order to provide critically needed additional accommodation for staff and pupils; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the contractor has been placed in examinership; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18370/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am aware that the contractor for the project in question has entered into Examinership.
The project has been devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board (ETB).  
Officials in my Department are working with the ETB and the contractor to ensure that the project is completed as quickly as possible.
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110. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the construction of a new permanent school building for a school (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the challenges and restrictions for pupils and teachers with the existing arrangements for the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18433/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to advise the Deputy that architectural planning has commenced for the delivery of the new school 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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97. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a new secondary school for the Malahide and Portmarnock areas of County Dublin will be enrolling in September 2018; if so, the location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18134/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project for Malahide/Portmarnock Educate Together Secondary School has been devolved to the patron body, Educate Together for delivery. 
The school will open in interim accommodation in September 2018 and my Department is advised by the Patron body that enrolments have been confirmed. 
My Department understands that the patron body have identified a suitable interim location for the school and the patron body are currently in negotia...