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13 January, 2006 - 62 schools given go ahead to start architectural planning for building & modernisation works

Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin T.D., today outlined details of 54 primary schools and 8 post primary schools which are being given the go ahead to proceed with major works such as new school building projects, extensions or refurbishment.  The first key step for these schools now is the appointment of the architectural team that will design and plan the works.

Announcing details of the schools progressing in the building and modernisation programme Minister Hanafin said “there are 21 new primary school projects being announced today. It is intended that these schools will be built using innovative methods such as the standardised design model or design and build process, which have been successfully introduced by the Department in recent years. Also at primary level there are 28 extensions and five refurbishment projects where design teams will be appointed.  In addition there are two new post primary schools, five post primary extensions and one post primary refurbishment project.”

Minister Hanafin also announced the progression of a joint partnership initiative with the Dublin Docklands Development Authority to deliver a new school, St. Laurence O’Toole primary school, Seville Place in Dublin.  Funding for this project is being provided by the Department of Education and Science and DDDA.

Minister Hanafin said this year there will be 1300 building and modernisation projects active in our primary and post primary schools. “Over €490m is being spent on the primary and post primary projects throughout the country. Since 2000, the Government has spent over €2billion improving the physical facilities available for schools. This year we will continue with that programme which will see facilities available in our schools around the country enhanced.” Further approvals will be made during the year as agreement is reached on accommodation requirements in individual schools. 
Detailed briefs on up to 40 further priority building and modernisation projects are also being progressed by the Planning and Building Unit of the Department with a view to progressing into the architectural planning process in the coming months. 

Outlining the continuing progress in the schools building and modernisation programme, Minister Hanafin said “it is vitally important that children and teaching staff in our schools have facilities which are suitable to their growing needs.  By moving projects through the schools building and modernisation programme, in a planned way we can make steady progress with upgrading facilities that will benefit the whole school community.”

Minister Hanafin said she will also, very shortly, outline details of the schools set to benefit under the 2006 Summer Works Scheme, the Small Schools’ Scheme and the Permanent Accommodation Scheme.



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