Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (54)

Richard Boyd Barrett


54. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills the detail of the plans for a permanent site for Dún Laoghaire Educate Together; the timeframe for the site; the rationale for developing a temporary site for three years when a permanent site is due to be announced in Autumn 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26628/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is committed to providing a permanent accommodation solution for the school in question.

There are multiple school site requirements in the South Dublin City area, including that for Dun Laoghaire ETNS. A number of viable site options have been identified and are being progressed with the relevant stakeholders, including relevant State bodies.

Once all critical information is to hand a determination regarding the optimal configuration of school sites will be made.

Officials in my Department are working to advance matters as quickly as possible with a view to providing better clarity on the permanent location for Dun Laoghaire ETNS by the end of the summer.

The timeframe for the subsequent delivery of the school’s permanent accommodation cannot yet be confirmed as it will be subject to the statutory planning process and procurement, among other factors. It is intended to provide a new school building for Dun Laoghaire ETNS as part of my Department's Design and Build programme.