Dáil Éireann - Volume 599 - 24 March, 2005

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

  185. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; when an application for funding was submitted for an extension to their school; the action her Department will take in relation to the health and safety risk at the school; and the stage the application is at. [9838/05]

  Ms Hanafin: The building project for the school to which the Deputy referred is at an early stage of architectural planning. I have made several announcements on the 2005 school building programme since the beginning of the year, which included details of 122 major school building projects countrywide which will prepare tenders and move to construction during the next 12 to 15 months; 192 projects to be delivered by way of devolved funding; 20 schools that will be provided with prefabricated accommodation already in the system; 43 schools authorised to commence architectural planning; 590 schools approved for funding under the 2005 summer works scheme.

I want to ensure that a consistent flow of projects to tender and construction can be sustained into the future. I plan to make announcements soon on the school building programme to include projects which will advance through the design process. All projects in architectural planning, including the school in question, are being considered as part of this process.