Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Dublin Schools.


asked the Minister for Education when building will commence on the extension and reconstruction of the primary school in Balbriggan, County Dublin.

A grant towards the cost of carrying out a major scheme of improvement at Balbriggan national school has been sanctioned by my Department. Subsequently proposals were made for a second scheme which would provide new classroom accommodation and it was felt that this second scheme should be carried out in conjunction with the scheme already sanctioned. The stage has now been reached when revised plans have just been received from the manager's architect. I am not yet in a position to state when building operations will commence.


asked the Minister for Education why cloakrooms are not being provided in the four prefabricated classrooms to be erected at the vocational school, Tallaght, County Dublin.

Cloakroom accommodation has been provided in addition to the classrooms.


asked the Minister for Education if he is aware that on present enrolment in the five primary schools of Glencullen, Kilternan, Kilternan (Church of Ireland), Sandyford and Ballaly, an estimated 120 pupils will require post-primary education in four years time; and if, in view of difficulties in travelling to post-primary schools outside the area, he will now formulate plans for post-primary facilities in the parish of Sandyford, Kilternan and Glencullen.


asked the Minister for Education if any proposals are currently before his Department for the provision of additional post-primary facilities in the Glencullen, Kilternan, Sandyford and Dundrum-Ballinteer areas of South County Dublin in view of the very rapid growth of population in these areas.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 19 and 21 together.

I am aware of the present enrolments in the five primary schools mentioned and of the numbers of children who will need to be catered for at post-primary level over each of the next four years. The position is being kept under review by the advisory council set up to advise me on post-primary school accommodation requirements in the Greater Dublin area. A site is being acquired for a new post-primary school for the Dundrum area.

May I ask the Minister where is this particular site?

I am afraid I have not got that. I think what happened was that the note was prepared before the second question was put down.

Can the Minister say if this is the school which is envisaged for Ballinteer? I do not think it satisfies the requirements of the Kilternan area. Would he have another look at —the requirements of the mountainy area, because that is what it is?

I will have a look at it.

It should not be regarded as being catered for in the school envisaged for Ballinteer.

I will have to have a look at it to decide whether it is or is not being catered for.

Has any decision been taken as yet as to whether the Dundrum post-primary school will be a comprehensive type school?

No. The position is as the Deputy is aware, that these children are being catered for in other schools at the moment. The position is being kept under review. No decision has yet been taken in relation to what will happen.