Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Questions (217)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

217. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Education and Skills the availability of non-religious schools in Dublin 9; the capacity and availability in such schools for those that wish to send their children to non-religious schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30396/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that there are two multi-denominational primary schools in the Dublin 9 area. A new 16 classroom school with special needs unit was constructed in 2016 for Glasnevin Educate Together National School. In addition, the construction of a new 16 classroom school with special needs unit for Gracepark Educate Together National School is included in my Department’s 6 Year Construction Programme. This project is currently at planning permission stage and when planning is received, it will proceed to tender. In the meantime, the school is located in temporary accommodation pending the construction of the new permanent school building.

In relation to school admissions, parents can choose which school to apply to and where the school has places available the pupil should be admitted. However, in schools where there are more applicants than places available, a selection process may be necessary. This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants. However, this may result in some pupils not obtaining a place in the school of their first choice.