Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (255)

Brendan Ryan

Question:

255. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the circumstances under which he would consider acquiring lands by compulsory purchase order for the purposes of delivering a new school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29732/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

My Department does not have statutory Compulsory Purchase Order powers but Local Authorities have used their powers to assist in the acquisition of land for educational use.

While the CPO process has been used previously for school site acquisitions with the assistance of local authorities, it is generally only suitable when all efforts to acquire the site by agreement and the acquisition of all other viable site options have been unsuccessful. 

CPOs have also been used to overcome title issues associated with sites or access to sites.