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QUESTION NO: 81 to the Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Dr. Martin Mansergh, TD for ORAL ANSWER on Wednesday, 18th February, 2009.

To ask the Minister for Finance the role the Office of Public Works plays in the identification and acquisition of sites for new schools here; the number of such sites which have been located and acquired in the past three years respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. David Stanton TD


The Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland act as agents for the Department of Education & Science in the acquisition of sites for schools and solely on their instruction.  Sites Located and Acquired:


Kill National School, Co Kildare

Powerscourt National School, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow


Rathcroghan National School, Elphin, Co Roscommon

Amalgamation of Secondary Schools, Tramore, Co Waterford

Gaelscoil Thulach na nOg, Dunboyne, Co Meath

Archbishop McQuaid School, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin

Kilimor National School, Kilimor, Co Galway

Gaelscoil Le Cheile, Drogheda, Co Louth,

Athboy Community School, Athboy, Co Meath

Ballinamore Community School, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim

Amalgamation of Thomastown Convent National School & Ladyswell Boys National School, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny


St Brigid’s National School, The Coombe, Dublin

Rathcormac National School, Rathcormac, Co Cork

Sandyford National School, Sandyford, Dublin

Cahergal Natioanl School, Tuam, Co Galway

Castledermot National School, Castledermot, Co Kildare

St Anne’s National School, Straffan, Co Kildare

Gaelscoil Cloich na Coillte, Clonakilty, Co Cork

Blennerville National School, Blennerville, Co Kerry

Gaelscoil na Cruaiche, Westport, Co Mayo

Mell National School, Drogheda, Co Louth

Uimhir:483 & 504

To ask the Minister for Education and Science further to an adjournment debate matter on 6 November 2008 in relation to a school (details supplied) in County Cork, the progress that has been made in providing additional accommodation; if the appeal of his Department’s decision in the matter has been completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – David Stanton.

To ask the Minister for Education and Science if he has received a request to receive a deputation from a school (details supplied) in County Cork; if and when he will be in a position to meet such a deputation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. -David Stanton.

* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 17th February, 2009.

Reference Number: 5619/09, 5872/09


Minister Batt O’Keeffe

The school to which the Deputies refer has applied to my Department for an extension project.

As the Deputy will be aware, last week, I announced details of 43 major building projects to proceed to tender and construction and 25 high priority projects to commence architectural planning.The project referred to was not included in this announcement for the commencement of architectural planning. Therefore, it is unlikely that it will be progressed in 2009.

The progression of all large scale building projects, including the project in question, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered in the context of my Department’s multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme. However, in light of current competing demands on the capital budget of the Department, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project at this time.

My Department will be responding shortly to a recent proposal from the school which includes a request for a meeting with officials.


To ask the Minister for Education and Science the funding she is making

available in 2008 to carry out remedial works and up-grading works in primary

schools; the way in which such funding can be applied for; and if she will make

a statement on the matter.

– David Stanton.

* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 10th April, 2008.

Reference Number: 13681/08


Minister for Education and Science (Mary Hanafin, T.D.)

Primary school authorities may use their annual minor works grant to deal with

such works. In November 2006 I increased funding for the minor works grant by

44% on the previous year. Around €27m was paid out to primary schools

throughout the country late last year to enable thousands of small scale works

to be completed without the need to interact with my Department. Individual

primary schools received a grant in the sum of €5,500 plus €18.50 per pupil.

This is intended to be used by schools to address most of the type of works to

which the Deputy refers.

In the case of larger scale works an extension to a school building is

generally considered as a major capital application. The relevant application

forms are available on the Department’s website at Where an

extension project is required in conjunction with other renovation works, the

approach generally taken would be to roll all the works together under one

large scale project.

As the Deputy may be aware, the Summer Works Scheme was introduced in 2004 to

fund necessary smaller scale works in schools. Since then, over 3,000 projects

costing in excess of €300 million have been completed. With so many smaller

projects having been completed over the past few years, I intend to focus on

delivering as many large projects as possible in 2008. There is not, therefore,

a new Summer Works Scheme as part of our building programme this year. There

will be a Summer Works Scheme in 2009