Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (38)

Clare Daly

Question:

38. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans for school accommodation in west Swords, County Dublin for the 2019/2020 school year; the location of the proposed temporary school; the number of classrooms that will be provided; and the progress that has been made to find a permanent site for a new school. [19252/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Government announced plans in April 2018 for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022), including two new schools to be established in the Swords school planning area as follows:

A new 8-classroom primary school to serve Swords South to be established in 2019; and

A new 8-classroom primary school to serve the Swords North to be established in 2019.

Both schools will be established to the serve the Swords school planning area which includes the west Swords area.

Both schools will open in September 2019 in suitable interim accommodation with one junior infant class each. Both schools are under the patronage of Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB.

The Swords North primary school will open in temporary accommodation on a site at Mooretown and this will also be its permanent site location.

In relation to the Swords South primary school on the 17 April, 2019, a planning application was submitted to Fingal County Council for development of interim accommodation within the grounds of the existing car park at 85/87 Main Street, Swords and a decision is awaited. 

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB, as patron of the school, is currently advancing a site acquisition process which had been commenced by my Department in respect of the permanent accommodation for this school.  This process has been assisted by Fingal County Council under the Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of school sites.  A preferred site option has been identified and ETB officials are working to progress its potential acquisition.