Dáil Éireann - Volume 609 - 08 November, 2005

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

  642. Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science if the funding allocated to a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary will be increased under the building programme in order that the full needs of the school can be provided for; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33103/05]

  Ms Hanafin: As part of the expansion of the devolved scheme for primary school building works, a grant of €440,000 was sanctioned to enable the management authorities of the school in question to provide additional accommodation. The initiative allows boards of management to address their accommodation and building priorities with a guaranteed amount of funding and gives boards of management control of the building project. The intention of the scheme is to provide funding to schools to enable them to undertake wanted building projects. The scheme is not intended to leave schools with significant fundraising needs but for the school to tailor the scope of capital works commissioned to the available funding. The decision on whether to continue participating in the scheme or to drop out, if the scope of build is more than the funding [1248] envelope permits, is a matter for each school authority.

An appeal for additional funding has been received from the school referred to by the Deputy. The appeal will be examined and a decision conveyed to the school management as soon as possible.