Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (283)

Carol Nolan

Question:

283. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of prefabs and portakabins being used for classroom accommodation by secondary schools in counties Laois and Offaly. [18714/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that it is the over all policy of my Department to ensure the highest standard of permanent accommodation for all schools. In the context of a rapidly increasing school population, my Department's priority is to ensure that every child will have access to a physical school place and in this regard, it is sometimes necessary to make use of temporary accommodation in order to meet the accommodation needs of schools including schools in counties Laois and Offaly.

I can confirm that current number of prefabs and portacabins being used for classroom accommodation in secondary schools in Count Laois is 16 and in County Offaly is 28.