Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (111)

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

111. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made towards securing a site for a school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15662/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

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 Cork County Council towards acquiring a permanent site as soon as possible to meet the needs of the school to which the Deputy refers. Whilst I can advise the Deputy that options are under consideration, 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 site is finalised, a design team for the project will be appointed with a view to its progression to tender and construction.