Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (393)

James Browne


393. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a new school to cater for an area (details supplied); if this school will now be located outside the catchment area; if so, the reason for the decision; if this is a final decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20049/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department appointed a Project Manager in July 2018 to assist with the work of prioritising the procurement of interim accommodation for 17 new schools due to be established in September 2019 which includes the school to serve the area to which the Deputy refers.

Numerous locations within the school planning area were considered in relation to the interim accommodation for the school but could not be secured due to lack of suitability, availability or prohibitive zoning issues.

Therefore, in order to ensure that the school could open in September 2019 as announced it was necessary to look for interim accommodation in adjoining school planning areas. On 15 March 2019 a planning application was submitted to Fingal County Council for a location at Suttonians Rugby Club, John McDowell Memorial Grounds, Station Road, Sutton, Dublin 13, D13 AH97. The notification of decision to grant planning permission was issued by the local authority on 2 May, 2019.

The new primary school will open in September 2019 in suitable interim accommodation pending delivery of its permanent building.