Written Answers. - Knocklyon-Scholarstown (Dublin) Schools.

Seamus Brennan

Question:

91 Mr. S. Brennan asked the Minister for Education her views on the van der Kamp report on the post-primary school needs in the Knocklyon-Scholarstown area, Dublin 14, which states that at least 700 new houses have been built in the Knocklyon area, Dublin 14, since the 1991 census; her views on whether this new figure is more accurate than the historic figure from the census; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17978/95]

Seamus Brennan

Question:

92 Mr. S. Brennan asked the Minister for Education if she has studied the van der Kamp report and evaluation of the post-primary school needs in the Knocklyon-Scholarstown area, Dublin 14, which has been with her Department for over seven months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17979/95]

Seamus Brennan

Question:

93 Mr. S. Brennan asked the Minister for Education if she will facilitate a meeting between members of Knocklyon post-primary committee and relevant senior officials in her Department to discuss the substantial additional information provided in the van der Kamp report on her Department's document relating to post-primary school needs in the Knocklyon-Scholarstown area, Dublin 14; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17980/95]

Seamus Brennan

Question:

94 Mr. S. Brennan asked the Minister for Education if she will consider reviewing the post-primary school needs in the Knocklyon-Scholarstown area in Dublin 14 in view of the 700 new houses occupied since the 1991 census and in view of planning permissions given for a substantial number of additional houses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17981/95]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 91 to 94, inclusive, together.

The Deputy will be aware that, in early 1994, I commissioned a survey by the Service Industries Research Centre of UCD of the post-primary school needs of the Knocklyon-Scholarstown area of Dublin 14. The research was carried out by Dr. Michael Bannon. Dr. Bannon took account of the latest available statistical data for the area, including planning permissions for future housing, and concluded that a new post-primary school located in Knocklyon was not warranted.

I accepted the recommendations of the independent consultant and decided not to proceed with the construction of a post-primary school for that area. Instead, I decided that the demand for school places should be met by providing additional accommodation at Coláiste Éanna, Ballyroan and Templeogue College.

I have asked that the position be reexamined, at an early date, in the light of the Knocklyon post-primary committee's response to Dr. Bannon's report and the assessment of the report carried out by Mr. Hendrik van der Kamp at the request of the committee.

When this examination is completed, a meeting with officials from my Department can be arranged.