Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (255)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

255. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide additional secondary school places in the Celbridge area in County Kildare in view of the increase in the student population there and in view of the fact that all secondary schools in the area are fully subscribed for September 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21313/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Deputy will be aware that the Five Year construction Plan, that I announced on 9th March 2012, outlines the major school projects that will commence construction over the duration of the Plan. The primary aim at the core of the Five Year Plan is focussed on meeting demographic demands to ensure that every child will have access to a physical school place and that our school system is in a position to cope with increasing pupil numbers.

I am pleased to advise the Deputy that this Plan provides for a new Post-Primary school for Celbridge to meet future demographic demands in the area. My Department has not received any application for funding from existing providers to cater for additional school places for the September 2014. If such an application is received it will be considered by my Department.