Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (245)

Brendan Ryan


245. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a meeting will be organised between his planning officials and a group (details supplied) to discuss the planning application for a temporary school site on Main Street, Swords, County Dublin; if so, if the meeting will take place before the recess of Dáil Éireann in view of the short timeframe before the temporary school is due to open in September 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29666/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The planning application for the school to which the Deputy refers was submitted to Fingal County Council on 17 April, 2019 for development of interim accommodation within the grounds of the existing car park at 85/87 Main Street, Swords.  A request for Further Information received on 10th June, 2019 from the local authority is currently being finalised and a response is expected to be submitted this week.  Then a decision on the planning application is awaited.

My Department has been in contact with the school's patron body Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) and pending the planning decision alternative arrangements have been made for the school to open in the Riasc Centre, Feltrim Road, Drinan in September 2019.  DDLETB have communicated this position to parents of enrolled children.

A meeting at this stage would not serve any useful purpose.