Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (181)

James Browne

Question:

181. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to a school (details supplied) in County Wexford seeking grants for a new classroom which opened in September 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51624/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school referred to by the Deputy was established in September 2015 under the patronage divesting process.  In order to facilitate the opening of the school, its initial establishment, as with most new schools, has been in interim start-up accommodation, pending a permanent school becoming available. 

In order to cater for the school's growing enrolment numbers, additional interim accommodation was required and in this regard, my Department devolved the delivery of this additional interim accommodation to the school patron body.

I understand from the school patron that delivery of the additional temporary accommodation is currently being procured and will be installed once the necessary statutory approvals have been received.

Officials from my Department have recently received an application for the relevant grants in this regard and payment will be made to the school authorities in due course.