Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (165)

Pat the Cope Gallagher


165. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide additional accommodation for a school (details supplied) in County Donegal; the reason the school's application for additional accommodation was refused in view of its need for additional capacity due to growing numbers and overcrowding; the options open to the school to obtain approval of additional accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4737/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department received an application for the provision of additional accommodation at the school referred to in respect of both classroom and ancillary accommodation.

When assessing the application it was noted that the existing school accommodation comprises of four mainstream classrooms, two Special Education Teaching (SET) rooms, a library/computer room, staff room and a general office. With a staffing complement of four mainstream teachers and one SET teacher it was determined that, as there was currently no deficit of mainstream class accommodation, additional accommodation was not required at this point.

 My Department has written to the school authority to convey the position.