Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (616)

Joan Burton

Question:

616. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress of talks between the City of Dublin Education and Training Board and Educate Together in relation to extending the co-educational and multi-denominational educational provision at a college (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34163/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Cabra-Phibsboro-Dublin 7 school planning area is currently served by eight post-primary schools, including the school referred to by the Deputy which is currently under the patronage of City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB).

This school, which has a current enrolment of some 120 pupils in the 2018/19 school year, is co-educational and multi-denominational in nature and provides for the local community and could potentially bring additional capacity of this nature to the area. 

As the Deputy has indicated, CDETB and Educate Together have been working together in relation to extending the co-educational and multi-denominational educational provision at the school referred to in a partnership patronage arrangement.

While the discussions are a matter for the bodies concerned in the first instance, I understand that significant progress has been made in this regard and work is continuing over the summer period. I have indicated my support for this initiative and my Department will continue to engage with the bodies concerned in this regard.