Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (287)

Niamh Smyth


287. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the proposed amalgamation of schools (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the opposition by the relevant communities to this move; if plans to do so will be reversed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12779/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy is aware the decision making authority for any amalgamation is the Patron/Trustees of the schools, and this is subject to the approval of my Department.

Any proposed amalgamation involves extensive negotiations at local level and must be well planned and managed in a manner that accommodates the interests of students, parents, teachers, local communities and contributes to an inclusive education system.

My Department is aware of a proposal from the Patron body and has sought further information in relation to the proposed amalgamation. On receipt of this information further consideration will be given to the proposal.