Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (203)

Colm Keaveney

Question:

203. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has identified a location and construction date for the provision of a Gaelscoil in Loughrea; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14942/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school referred to by the Deputy was included on the list of projects, announced in March 2012, to commence construction in 2015/16.

The Deputy may be aware that I signed a Memorandum of Understanding between my Department and the County and City Managers' Association (CCMA) in 2012. This Memorandum of Understanding fosters increased levels of cooperation and formalises the Local Authorities' part in identifying and securing sites for educational use. In that context, my Department is working closely with Galway County Council towards acquiring a permanent site as soon as possible to meet the needs of the school to which the Deputy refers.

However, due to the sensitivities associated with land acquisitions generally I am not in a position to provide further information at this time. Once the acquisition of a suitable site is finalised, a design team for the project will be appointed with a view to its progression to tender and construction.