GOVT ACCUSED OF DRAGGING ITS HEELS ON BUNCRANA’S SCHOOL CAMPUS

first_imgDeputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has stated his frustration at the delay in progressing a new three school campus for Buncrana.Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainnThe Sinn Fein TD accused the Government of “dragging their heels” on the issue.He said “For years now, it has been well documented why Crana College, Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha and Coláiste Chineál Eoghain urgently need to be relocated to new school buildings. The vision has been to facilitate all three schools on one major new campus. “And for years now, despite the urgency of the need, we have pretty much stood still. I note from the latest response that I have received from the Minister that the site assessment process is making some progress but it is all snails pace.“I am calling on Minister Jan O’ Sullivan and her Department to stop dragging their heels and to display the sense of urgency that is required”.Below is the parliamentary question on the issue and Minister Jan O’Sullivan’s response.Uimhir:365Ceist PharlaiminteChun an Aire Oideachais agus EolaíocthaTo the Minister for Education and Science To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide a progressreport from her Department on the efforts to secure a site of adequatedimensions in Buncrana, County Donegal, to facilitate a three-school campus forschools (details supplied) and if she will allocate the necessary funding forthis project to proceed..– Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.Crana College, Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha and Coláiste Chineál Eoghain* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 13th October, 2015.Reference Number: 35202/15FreagraMinister Jan O’Sullivan As the Deputy is aware a technical inspection of a significant number ofpotential site options for the school accommodation to which he refers has beenconducted by officials from my Department working with officials from DonegalCounty Council.My officials are currently considering the findings of this assessment and,with the assistance of the Local Authority, are clarifying technical issuesraised with a view to ensuring that a preferred site option can be advanced assoon as possible.The Deputy will appreciate the importance of a thorough appraisal of siteoptions in order to ensure the achievement of value for money. The complexityof the issues associated with the development of the site options underconsideration, combined with competing demands on my Department’s resources hasmeant that the appraisal has not been finalised. Once all options have beenfully appraised, my officials will advance the acquisition of a preferred sitefor the school accommodation.GOVT ACCUSED OF DRAGGING ITS HEELS ON BUNCRANA’S SCHOOL CAMPUS was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranadonegalschool campuslast_img

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