171. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the new school building for a school (details supplied); when the work is due to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43386/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, a building project for the school referred to is included in the 6 Year Capital Programme (2016-2021). 
My Department is currently finalising the project brief and once this process is complete, my Department will be in further contact with the school. The project will be progressed into the architectural planning process without delay when the brief has been finalised.
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201. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress being made towards the delivery of a building programme for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44016/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): A building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is included in my Department’s Six Year Capital Plan and my Department is currently liaising with the local authority with a view to finalising the acquisition of the site. 
Once the acquisition is finalised, the architectural planning process for the provision of a new school building for the school can be initiated.
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202. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress of works on a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44027/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): A major school building project to provide new accommodation for the school referred to by the Deputy has recently been authorised by my Department to proceed to tender for the appointment of a Building Contractor.  Assuming no significant issues arise during the tender process, my Department expects that the project will progress to site early in 2018
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75. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding plans to build a permanent school building for a school (details supplied); if this development will be fast tracked; the position regarding the interim facilities that will be put in place until the new build is completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43251/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Officials in my Department have been working towards the acquisition of a permanent site to meet the needs of the school to which the Deputy refers and have engaged with officials in the relevant local authority in that respect.  My Department has reached agreement with the landowner of the preferred site and the acquisition is currently progressing through the conveyancing stage.  Following the completion of the acquisition, the archite...

80. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills when tenders will be invited for a project (details supplied) in view of the fact that planning permission was granted on 27 July 2017 for the new Educate Together school in the area and the final grant of approval issued on 12 September 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43299/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): A new Design and Build Contractor Framework is currently being established and is expected to be in place in the next 2 months. In tandem with this tender documents for the school project referred to by the Deputy are being prepared, in order to be in a position to invite tenders when the Framework is in place.
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81. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has received the tender documents for a school (details supplied); when approval will issue to invite tenders for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43300/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Design Team for the major building project at St. Joseph’s National School, Kilcock have recently submitted the Stage 2b Report through the Board of Management to my Department for review.
On completion of the review of this report my Department will revert to the Board of Management with regard to the further progression of the project at that time.
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82. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the stage 2B cost check for a community college (details supplied) has been submitted to his Department for approval; if tender documents have been submitted for approval; when sanction to seek tenders will be approved; when he expects construction to commence on the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43302/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project for the school in question has been devolved for delivery to Kildare & Wicklow Education and Training Board (ETB).
The ETB has confirmed that the Stage 2B documents are complete except for those in relation to the diversion of overhead power lines traversing the site. The ETB and the Design Team are actively pursuing this issue.  When this matter is resolved, this will enable the submission of the Stage 2B report to my Depart...

83. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has received the tender documents and stage 2b documentation for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43303/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Design Team for the major building project for the school in question have earlier this month submitted the Stage 2b Report through the Board of Management to my Department for review. 
On completion of the review of this report my Department will revert to the Board of Management with regard to the further progression of the project at that time.
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97. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position of a school (details supplied) on the school buildings list; and when these works will be carried out. (Question 43050/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school in question is included in my Department’s 6 Year Construction Programme. 
The preparatory work required to initiate the architectural planning process for this building project is currently underway and as part of this process, my Department recently met with the Local Authority.
My Department will be in further contact with the school authority during the architectural pla...

102. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a school (details supplied). (Question 43130/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Design Team for this project has commenced the Pre-qualification process and the closing date for the e-tenders advertisement was the 6th October 2017.  The Pre-qualification of contractors involves the compiling of a shortlist of contractors to ensure that there are a number of appropriate and suitable candidates who can undertake the works successfully.  This process when commenced normally takes between 8 and 12 weeks to complete....

103. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a project (details supplied) will proceed to the next stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43158/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): A major school building project to provide new accommodation for the school referred to by the Deputy has recently been authorised by my Department to proceed to tender for the appointment of a Building Contractor. Assuming no significant issues arise during the tender process, my Department expects that the project will progress to site early in 2018.
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113. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe for completion of a sports hall for a school (details supplied) in order for the school to comply with the junior cycle wellbeing programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42714/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school in question is included in my Department’s 6 year Construction Programme, (2019-2021).
My Department has carried out a site visit at the school in the context of the preparatory work required to advance the project, which will also include determining a schedule of accommodation for the project. My Department will continue to liaise directly with the school authorities regar...

160. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43020/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school in question is included in my Department’s 6 Year Construction Programme. 
The preparatory work required to initiate the architectural planning process for this building project is currently underway and as part of this process, my Department recently met with the Local Authority.
My Department will be in further contact with the school authority during the architectural pla...

143. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the new development for a school (details supplied); if a timeframe from tender has been set out; when site works will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41250/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Stage 2b process for the major building project at the school to which the Deputy refers has recently been completed. Subsequently, the Department has been in contact with the Board of Management authorizing the progression of the building project to the Tender Stage to appoint a Building Contractor to complete the works. 
In parallel, the Board of Management and its Design Team have recently completed the pre-qualification process ...

145. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a sports hall will be provided to a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41309/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school in question is included in my Department’s 6 year Construction Programme.
My Department has carried out a site visit at the school in the context of the preparatory work required to advance the project, which will also include determining a schedule of accommodation for the project. My Department will continue to liaise directly with the school authorities regarding the pro...

147. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills when his Department expects a project (details supplied) to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41332/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The brief for the school referred to by the Deputy is for a new three storey building of 5926m², containing 20 classrooms, Junior/Senior dining area, GP Hall, Library, Special Teacher rooms, Multi- Sensory, Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy rooms, nurse’s area, kitchen, ancillary storage and services.   
In July of this year, the Stage 2b (Detailed Design) was approved, pending the completion of the process to carry out a Prequalifica...

180. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe for the completion of a proposed new school (details supplied); the reason for the long delay; the amount of rent which continues to be paid each year for the privately rented premises on Parnell Square; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41498/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Following a review of the brief for Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, my Department has approved a significant increase to the brief, which will now provide a 16 classroom school on the site at Dominick Street. The original brief was for an 8 classroom school.   
Due to this increase in the scope of works for the project, my Department will tender for a replacement Design Team to take the project forward to Stage 2B – Detailed Design Stage, w...

192. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in the commencement of building a new school (details supplied) in Dublin 1; the timeframe for planning permission to be applied for; the timeframe for the school to open; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41771/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Following a review of the brief for Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, my Department has approved a significant increase to the brief, which will now provide a 16 classroom school on the site at Dominick Street. The original brief was for an 8 classroom school.
Due to this increase in the scope of works for the project, my Department will tender for a replacement Design Team to take the project forward to Stage 2B – Detailed Design Stage, whic...

199. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a progress report for a school (details supplied); the options being considered for the new school building; the timeframe for its delivery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41909/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Design Team appointment for the major building project referred to by the Deputy has recently been completed and the project has now entered early architectural planning / design stages.
My Department has authorised the Design Team to commence Stage 1 of architectural planning as per the Department’s Design Team Procedures 2012. Stage 1 is the initial sketch design stage and includes an analysis of all the constraints of the site, d...

200. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he expects a school (details supplied) to go to tender stage for the new school building; the timeframe for project delivery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41910/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The major building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of architectural planning - Stage 2(b) - Detailed Design.  The design team are currently working on completing Stage 2(b) of the architectural planning process. When complete the stage 2(b) report will be submitted to my Department. When this submission has been received and reviewed my Department will then be in further contact with the school...

103. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new building for a school (details supplied); when the next stage is due to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41117/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The brief for the school referred to by the Deputy is for a new three storey building of 5926m², containing 20 classrooms, Junior/Senior dining area, GP Hall, Library, Special Teacher rooms, Multi- Sensory, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy rooms, nurse’s area, kitchen, ancillary storage and services.   
In July of this year, the Stage 2b (Detailed Design) was approved, pending the completion of the process to carry out a Prequalifi...

105. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if will address the delay in building a new purpose built school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41122/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The brief for the school referred to by the Deputy is for a new three storey building of 5926m², containing 20 classrooms, Junior/Senior dining area, GP Hall, Library, Special Teacher rooms, Multi- Sensory, Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy rooms, nurse’s area, kitchen, ancillary storage and services.   
In July of this year, the Stage 2b (Detailed Design) was approved, pending the completion of the process to carry out a Prequalifica...

154. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed completion date for a new school building (details supplied) County Westmeath; and the capacity of the new building. (Question 40350/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project for the school in question is to provide a new 6 classroom special school plus ancillary accommodation to accommodate 36 pupils. Architectural planning has commenced and site surveys are currently being progressed. Also a pre-planning meeting was held with Westmeath County Council on 31 July to discuss the development and inform the design process. When the design drawings are complete the planning application will be lodge...

157. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress being made in the provision of a new school building for a school (details supplied). (Question 40502/17 asked on 26 Sep 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 Six Year Plan.
In this regard, my officials are liaising with South Dublin County Council with a view to finalising the acquisition of the site.
Once the acquisition is finalised, it is my Department’s intention to initiate the architectural planning process for the provision of a new school building.
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164. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the long-delayed three school campus for Buncrana, County Donegal; if he will meet with a delegation of Donegal Education and Training Board in addition to local teachers and parents to hear their concerns regarding the long delay in progressing this project and the implications for the existing three schools and the school children; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40667/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware the project to which she 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 acquisition. Once the site has been acquired, assuming no issues arise, my Department will be in a position to progress the project ...