Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (173)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

173. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a school (detailed supplied) and the enrolment limitations for students in the 2018-19 academic year due to the lack of learning support rooms; if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties this is causing parents who wish their children to be educated under the educate together ethos with little alternative in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4944/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that the school concerned is located in a former primary school building that was secured as part of Government policy on school divesting.

The property is subject to a ten-year lease between the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) and the Minister for Education and Skills.

As the Deputy is aware, the school has submitted an application to my Department for additional accommodation to facilitate expansion. 

However, the lease requires the consent of ERST to place this accommodation on the school site. In this regard, my Department is currently engaging with ERST to secure this consent and  expects a response from ERST shortly.

Department officials have also been liaising with the school principal recently and have advised him that the accommodation will be approved as soon as this consent is granted.