Dáil Éireann - Volume 656 - 29 May, 2008

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will provide a full reply to Parliamentary Question No. 214 of 21 May 2008 regarding health and safety issues (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21537/08]

  Deputy Batt O’Keeffe: In accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, Act 1989, it is the responsibility of school management authorities to have a safety statement in place in their schools. Schools are obliged to identify possible hazards, assess the risks to health and safety and to put appropriate safeguards in place. In practical terms, individual school authorities are best placed to assess the detail of their own health and safety requirements. My Department approved funding amounting to €187,000 under the Summer Works Scheme in the period 2004 to 2007 for works to the school building in question.