Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (484)

Michael Colreavy

Question:

484. Deputy Michael Colreavy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the fact that an organisation (details supplied) in County Leitrim has been seeking a suitable building for its preschool and after-school services for many years; and if she will engage with the Department of Education and Science regarding the possibility of these child care services moving to one of the school buildings that have been vacated following the recent opening of the new secondary school in Ballinamore. [15070/14]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The use of school buildings is a matter for the Boards of Management or the Department of Education and Skills and does not come under the remit of my Department. However, the City and County Childcare Committees assist my Department in supporting the development of child care locally, and offer information and guidance on a wide variety of issues including advice on establishing a new child care business. I understand that Leitrim County Childcare Committee has engaged with the group in question in relation to this proposed development and will offer further guidance and assistance where appropriate.