Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (239)

Eoghan Murphy


239. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on plans to set up an Educate Together primary school in the Sandymount-Ringsend area of Dublin. [12952/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy may be aware, in June 2011, I announced the need for the establishment of 20 new primary schools to cater for increased demographics across a number of locations up to 2017, including the Sandymount/ Ringsend area in Dublin 2/4.

I also announced new arrangements for the recognition and determination of patronage of these new primary schools. The new arrangements published by my Department provide a balanced approach to allow applications to be made by prospective patrons for the establishment of schools. The criteria used in deciding patronage of the new schools place a particular emphasis on parental demand for plurality and diversity of patronage. This consideration will have regard to the patronage of the existing schools in an area.