Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (60)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

60. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a special school (details supplied) can expect to have a permanent site; his views on whether it is appropriate for a school that provides for children on the autism spectrum will be beside a building site for the whole of autumn 2019 and its outdoor space will be inaccessible due to the lack of a permanent site for both the school and Dún Laoghaire Educate Together. [26629/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The school referred to by the Deputy is currently located in temporary accommodation and arrangements are in train to improved this accommodation. The Consultant which the school has appointed for this purpose is currently preparing the material required to lodge an application for planning permission with the local authority. This accommodation, when installed, will replace the school’s existing accommodation which will be removed from the site.

The new prefab accommodation will meet the short term needs of the school. The medium to longer term permanent accommodation needs will be kept under review and considered in the context of the rollout of the National Development Plan.

My Department is also committed to providing a permanent accommodation solution for Dún Laoghaire Educate Together National School.