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Adams slams Labour’s decision to keep Drogheda pupils in prefab schools

23 March, 2012 - by Gerry Adams TD


Speaking today, Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams, has slammed the decision by the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn’s to remove St. John’s and St. Paul’s NS, Rathmullen, Drogheda from the schools building programme. This decision said Teachta Adams “will force children to remain in prefab classrooms rather than the new school that they had been promised.”

Teachta Adams said;

“Children have been attending classes in prefab buildings in this school since 1997. That is unacceptable. These children have been failed by successive governments.

“In the Labour general election manifesto Labour pledged they would “prioritise school building projects in our revised national development plan. In cases where schools spend hundreds of thousands of euro renting prefabs, Labour will enable schools to build permanent school accommodation instead.”

“€1,233,515.66 has been spent on renting prefabs for St. John’s and St. Paul’s since 2003. The Labour Minister should honour his party’s commitment and build a school for these children instead of squandering money on prefabs.

“I asked the Minister for Education to tell us why the schools were removed from the list of the school building programme and the reasons for this. The department has refused provide any information. That simply isn’t good enough.

“St. John’s and St. Paul’s are DEIS schools and by that criteria are already highly disadvantaged. More than 800 hot meals are served in the schools each day. These pupils are not looking for any special treatment. They need proper classrooms – the most basic necessity for a school, and the Government won’t even give them that. It is a disgrace.”

ENDS

NOTE TO EDITOR:

Parliamentary Questions Submitted by Deputy Gerry Adams

Uimhir:103, 105, 106


CeistPharlaiminte

Chun anAireOideachaisagusEolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reasons schools (details supplied) have been removed from the new school building programme; the date on which this decision to remove the schools was made; the person responsible for this decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Gerry Adams.

St. John’s and St. Paul’s National Schools, Rathmullen, Drogheda, Co. Louth

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to include schools (details supplied) in the new school building programme; the date on which this will occur; and the date on which it is envisaged that construction of a new school premises will begin..
-Gerry Adams.

St. John’s and St. Paul’s National Schools, Rathmullen, Drogheda, Co. Louth

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will ring fence funding in order to proceed with a new school building for schools (details supplied); his plans to ensure that children attending these schools will not have to attend classes in prefabs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
-Gerry Adams.

St. John’s and St. Paul’s National Schools, Rathmullen, Drogheda, Co. Louth

* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 22nd March, 2012.
Reference Number: 15965/12, 15967/12, 15968/12


Freagra

Minister Ruairí Quinn

I propose to take questions 103, 105 and 106 together.

In view of the need to ensure that every child has access to a school place, the delivery of major school projects to meet the demographic demands nationally will be the main focus for capital investment in schools in the coming years. The five year programme announced recently is focused on meeting those demographic needs. In that context, it was not possible to advance all applications for capital funding concurrently.

The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The Design Team are currently working on Stage 2(b) of Architectural Planning which includes securing Planning Permission, Fire Certificate and Disability Access Certificate (DAC) and the preparation of tender documents.

School building projects currently in architectural planning, including the
project referred to by the Deputy, will continue to be advanced incrementally over time within the context of the funding available.

However, in light of current competing demands on the Department's capital budget, it is not possible to progress this project to tender and construction at this time.


Uimhir:104


CeistPharlaiminte

Chun anAireOideachaisagusEolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the total spend each year to date on prefab classrooms for schools (details supplied) in County Louth.
- Gerry Adams.

St. John’s and St. Paul’s National Schools, Rathmullen, Drogheda, Co. Louth

* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 22nd March, 2012.
Reference Number: 15966/12


Freagra

Minister Ruairí Quinn

The total amount spent on the rental of temporary accommodation at the schools referred to by the Deputy from 2003 to date is €1,233,515.66. This is made up as follows:

2012 - €106,336.74
2011- €219,858.28
2010 - €223,655.99
2009 - €211,298.85
2008 - €305,860.13
2007 - €33,771.93
2006 - €33.771.93
2005 - €33,771.93
2004 - €36,583.24
2003 - €28,606.64

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