Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (219)

Niall Collins


219. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the campaign of opposition in Firhouse, Dublin 24, to plans to use the 26 acre community green area adjacent to Firhouse Community Centre as a location for the development of two new schools; if he has discussed the matter with South Dublin County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11599/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has been working closely with South Dublin County Council for some time in relation to identifying and acquiring a suitable site for the provision of permanent accommodation for two new schools planned to open to serve the Firhouse/Oldbawn area. I am advised that current plans in relation to the two schools involve developing a site of approximately 6 acres. My officials were recently made aware that some opposition in relation to the proposal has arisen locally. I understand that my officials and South Dublin County Council are continuing to discuss the matter.