11. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the immense work carried out by resource teachers with special needs children at a school (details supplied) under very difficult conditions; if following his sanctioning of a grant to build two new resource rooms, consideration will be given to covering the shortfall in actual costs in order that the staff and students can secure the learning environment that they need and deserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14260/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers was approved a devolved grant under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2016 to provide 2 Resource Rooms.   This project was devolved to the School Authority for delivery.  

The School Authority recently submitted a request for additional funding based on the tender report and supporting documentation which was assessed by my Department.

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a decision to approve the additional funding has been communicated to the school authority who may now proceed to construction.