Written Answers. - Schools Amalgamation.

Liam Aylward

Question:

984 Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will favourably consider the request for a new co-ed amalgamated school in view of the submission to his Department by the boards of management of Ladywell boys' national school, and the girls' national school, Thomastown, County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1642/99]

Phil Hogan

Question:

988 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Education and Science if he has received a proposal for a new amalgamated co-educational school for Thomastown, County Kilkenny; the position regarding the construction of this new school; if the necessary finance will be included in the 1999 Estimates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1664/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 984 and 988 together.

An application from the boards of management, for an amalgamation of the two primary schools in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, has been received in my Department. A detailed examination of the application is being carried out at present. I have asked that the matter be expedited and brought to an early conclusion. My Department will be in contact with the boards of management as soon as possible.