Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (251)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

251. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 257 of 13 May 2014, the plans in place for an Educate Together secondary school for the areas Dublin 7, 9 and 11 as the Hansfield school is not an option for parents in this area. [22695/14]

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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 post-primary school for the Dublin 7, 9 and 11 areas.

The Department's current five-year construction plan is focused 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 accommodate increasing pupil numbers. My Department continues to analyse demographic data to identify where further new post-primary schools may be required from 2016 onwards. It will be open to all patron bodies to apply for patronage of any such schools in line with the published patronage determination process and criteria for new schools.