Thursday, 22 February 2018

Questions (91)

John Brassil


91. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to progress the opening of a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9044/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy will be aware, I have announced new plans aimed at accelerating the provision of multi-denominational and non-denominational schools across the country, in line with the choices of parents, families and school communities and the Programme for Government commitment to reach 400 such schools by 2030. 

I would point out that the previous model of divestment yielded only a very limited number of schools for transfer to multi-denominational patrons (10 since 2013).  I believe that the new schools reconfiguration for diversity process has the potential to significantly increase patron diversity in our school system.  

While these new structures are being introduced, my Department will continue to work with the main stakeholders to progress delivery of diversity in areas already identified (of which Killarney is one), in 2018 and beyond.