Written Answers. - Schools Recognition.

Nora Owen

Question:

1049 Mrs. Owen asked the Minister for Education and Science when his Department will make a decision on the recognition of an education group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20113/00]

A formal application for the recognition of a multi-denominational school in Swords, County Dublin was submitted to my Department earlier this year. In view of difficulties encountered in securing suitable accommodation, the applicants found it necessary to postpone the proposed start-up date until September, 2001.

In the circumstances, it will be necessary for the promoters of the school to submit a revised application for recognition to my Department. I will then give favourable consideration to the application.