Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Questions (121)

Alan Kelly

Question:

121. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for the accommodation of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21167/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school to which the Deputy refers opened in September 2018 in interim accommodation in vacant classrooms in the permanent school building of a primary school under the same Patronage, on an education campus in the area referred to.

This decision was made on the basis that securing a permanent site for the secondary school was imminent. Due to an unsuccessful planning application by a Developer the acquisition of the proposed site did not proceed and an alternative site location has to be pursued.

There are two permanent primary school buildings on the education campus referred to and both will have vacant classrooms in the coming academic year.

In order to accommodate the needs of the secondary school for September 2019 it will be necessary to utilise some available classrooms in both the primary schools.

This arrangement is only required for the next academic year 2019/2020 as my Department seeks an alternative site location for the secondary school for September 2020.

Discussions are ongoing between my Department and the patron bodies of both the primary and secondary schools in relation to the necessary arrangements.