Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (34)

John Curran


34. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made to provide additional primary school places for children in Rathcoole, County Dublin, for September 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19493/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department approved two temporary classrooms and a Special Education Teaching room for Scoil Chronain National School, Rathcoole in 2018 to provide for additional school places. These additional classes are currently being accommodated in Rathcoole Community Centre pending installation of the temporary classrooms at the school. The responsibility for this installation has been devolved to the Board of Management.

In addition, my Department has recently approved 2 further mainstream classrooms for Scoil Chronain to cater for additional primary school places in Rathcoole for September 2019. The responsibility for the installation of these classrooms has also been devolved to the Board of Management.

With regard to the provision of additional primary school capacity in the area, the Deputy will be aware of the announcement in April 2018 regarding the establishment of 42 new schools, over the next four years (2019 to 2022). This includes the establishment of a new 8 classroom primary school in September 2020 to serve the Newcastle/Rathcoole/Saggart school planning area.