Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Parliamentary Question no. 62 on Thursday, 17th May 2012

* To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will identify the three schools that have been approved at Stage 2B in the planning process but which have not been included in the five year buildings programme; if he will indicate which schools, not on the list, are considered priority and if he will outline the way his Department reaches its decisions when determining priority in terms of the provision of school buildings.

Reply:

The projects which have completed stage 2(b) which are not on the five year construction programme are Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh, Knocknacarra, Galway Roll Number 19994G, Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, Galway Roll Number 63090I and St. Raphael’s College, Loughrea, Galway Roll Number 63070C.

School building projects currently in architectural planning, including the projects referred to above, were considered in the context of that programme,  taking into account the funding available, the availability of sites in the case of new schools and the progression of other major projects required to meet demographic needs. However, due to financial constraints and the need to prioritise projects which will meet the increasing demographic needs over the coming years, it was not possible to include those projects  in the 5 year programme.

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