From Declan Breathnach, TD  26th May 2016

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when a long awaited building project will commence in a school (details supplied), given that the original planning for the project started in 2003 and ten of the school’s 16 classrooms are prefabricated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12391/16]

From Minister Richard Bruton Department of Education and Skills

The major building project for the school in question is currently at an advanced stage of Architectural Planning, Stage 2B Detailed Design Stage. A brief change request from the Board of Management to use an adjoining site to fully decant the school during construction was approved by the Department on 15th September 2015.

The school and its design team were authorised to secure planning permission, Fire cert and Disability Access Certificate for the temporary decant accommodation in parallel with the pre-qualification of contractors for the main project. Planning permission has been granted by Meath County Council for the temporary accommodation and the Design Team have recently submitted applications to Meath County Council for the Disability Access Certificate and the Fire Cert. A decision by the local authority is awaited.

The stage 2(b) cost plan and tender documentation have to be updated by the design team to reflect the approved brief change and submitted to my Department for review once the statutory approvals have been secured.

My Department will revert to the school with regard to the further progression of the project following consideration of the revised Stage 2b report.