My Department is investigating a number of options to cater for the long-term accommodation needs of the school referred to by the Deputy. Among the options under consideration is the possible purchase of a site. The OPW, which acts on behalf of my Department in site acquisition matters generally is investigating this particular option.
The school planning section is also looking at the overall future provision of primary education in the area in which the school is located. In this regard, it is engaged in discussions with the primary education providers concerned. The purpose of the examination is to determine the likely demand for primary school places in the medium to long term and how existing provision can be maximised to cater for this demand. No decisions will be taken regarding capital investment for the school in question pending the conclusion of this broader examination of the area.