“But there is no guarantee that any will be built…”

The Northern Ireland Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Caitriona Ruane, refused to tell the Assembly the details of the outcome of her department’s review of the schools capital build programme last week. 

The BBC reports today that the department has now released the list of the schools whose plans comply fully with departmental policy (34), those who might, with further work, comply with policy (24), and those whose plans do not comply (8).

But as the BBC report also notes

A total of 34 out of 67 schools have been told they comply with policy.

But there is no guarantee that any will be built because the education minister has said there is not enough money, unless extra funding was found.

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  • HeinzGuderian

    Mz Ruin,(oh yeah,I thought up that one all by myself),makes the dupper Ministers look intelligent,and boy that is saying something !!! 🙂 🙁

  • Granni Trixie

    Yes, I know its conspiracy theory but….at the time (last week?) it looked to me like a manipulation to leak news that an Irsh medium school in WB was on the list of schools not getting much needed funding for building to replace down at heel mobiles.

    Lo and behold we see now that in principle they WILL get the funding if only the money can be found.
    Now whilst I have no objection to funding projects which seem to meet the criteria, why all the games – unless to give cover to a Minister who has form/bias?

  • belfast greyhound

    Only in NI could this disaster of an unaccountable Minister continue in office with impunity.
    Even the Taliban would kick out dysfunctional members.
    She is not part of the solution – she is the problem.

  • sam

    A newly built protestant school a short distance away in Black’s road was closed a few years ago surely it could be used. The school had been built under the PFI scheme and the BELB are still paying for it

  • Cynic

    ” they WILL get the funding if only the money can be found.”

    But it can’t be so they wont.

    Next we can expect

    * Conor Murphy to promise a £500 rebate on car tax to all Motorists plus a bypass for every town with over 500 inhabitants?

    * McGimpsey – a hospital every km on all major arterial roads

    * Attwood – a 50% cut in NIHE rents and a guaranteed house for all by 2011

    ….all of course subject to the money being found.

    PS is it true that in the Autumn session the Executive is creating a new post for Santa?

  • Colin Carberry

    Another anti-Sinn Fein rant from Peter Baker…yawn yawn