Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (593)

Catherine Martin


593. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the lack of provision of schools of a non-denominational ethos in the Dublin 12 area; the solution he plans to provide for this issue in order that parents can access local non-denominational schooling in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33778/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

At primary level, there is existing co-educational and multi-denominational education provision in an Educate Together national school in Dublin 12 – Riverview ETNS - which was established in September 2016 under the patronage divesting process.

In relation to post-primary provision in Dublin 12, an existing co-educational City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) post-primary school in Crumlin is multi-denominational educational in nature and has the capacity to meet additional demand. CDETB and Educate Together have been working together on partnership patronage arrangements in relation to extending the co-educational and multi-denominational educational provision at existing CDETB schools in Dublin 12 (Crumlin) and Dublin 7 (Cabra). This has the potential to add to and enhance the availability of additional choice in these areas.

My Department keeps the need for additional school places to cater for demographic demand under review on an ongoing basis.