Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Questions (301)

Clare Daly


301. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 561 of 17 December 2015, to outline in more detail the complex issues that need to be considered in respect of the application for a naíonra in a school (details supplied), when he will conclude the appraisal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10176/16]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

In general, applications to establish pre-school facilities on school sites are looked upon positively by my Department. However, there are a number of complex issues that are being considered by my Department including property, governance, insurance and liability, among others, in relation to the requirements to be established around the use of school premises/property for preschool services. In that regard, my Department is seeking legal advice and when this advice is received, it will be considered by my Department with a view to putting in place arrangements to facilitate this matter.

In the case of the school referred to by the Deputy further clarification in regard to the request by the school to construct a Naíonra on the school grounds is also required. My Department will be in contact with the school authority on this matter very shortly.