Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (104)

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

104. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress, if any, that has been made towards the establishment of an Educate Together secondary school in the north or south Dublin city areas; if he or his officials have held any meetings on this issue with interested parties; if he is concerned at the lack of such a follow-on school for the many multidenominational primary schools established or planned within the Dublin city area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15622/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In June 2011, I announced that some 20 new post primary schools are to be established up to 2017 to cater for increasing demographics across a number of locations. That announcement did not include a proposal to establish a new school for the city of Dublin. I recently met with an advocacy group for a new multi-denominational school for the north side of the city in this regard.

My Department continues to analyse demographic data to identify where further new primary and post-primary schools may be required from 2017 onwards. It will be open to all patron bodies, including those with proposing a multi-denominational ethos, to apply for patronage of any such schools in line with the established patronage determination process for new schools.