Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (167)

Brendan Ryan


167. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a primary school for the Donabate peninsula, County Dublin (details supplied); if a cost-benefit analysis has been carried out to justify the extra expense in building the school on private lands as opposed to public lands; the policy in respect of constructing schools on privately-owned lands when there is suitable publicly-owned lands available in the same area; the timeline for delivery of the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51172/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy is aware, agreement in principle has been reached with a landowner and a legal conveyancing process is currently underway in respect of the transfer of ownership of the selected site to The Minister. The site selection process undertook to examine all potential sites available, with particular consideration initially given to State-owned property, in line with protocols for the use of State-owned property assets.

The selected site in Corballis has been determined following detailed technical examination, also with the assistance and input of Fingal County Council. A key aspect of the consideration is deliverability, including the provision of the required infrastructure, and the Corballis site was significantly more advanced in that respect than other, State-owned, sites in the area. Furthermore, as you will be aware, the Donabate Distributor Road project anticipates 1200 housing units to be delivered in the short-term, which will be specifically in the Corballis area. It is significantly on that basis that the Department considered the site at this location - to meet the school place requirements expected to materialise from the planned housing.

Please rest assured that the Department's site selection protocols are thorough and that all appropriate considerations have been given to this project.