Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (176)

Catherine Martin

Question:

176. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the person or body that will own the school building and the school site for a school (details supplied) on the Phoenix Park site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53719/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The permanent project for the school referred to by the Deputy is being delivered under my Department's Design & Build Programme.

Key factors that can impact on the timeline for any new school project are the availability of a site and the planning permission process for the new school building.

A site was identified and will be available for this new school. This has enabled the design process for the new school building to be undertaken. Planning Permission was lodged with the Local Authority on November 29th. The planning permission process will be a key factor for determining the timeline for the delivery of this project.

My Department's officials have kept the school authority fully briefed in relation to this project and the anticipated delivery timelines in respect of same.

Along with the Taoiseach my Department is working to have the first phase of the school's permanent accommodation handed over by September of 2021 with phase 2 to follow in a matter of months. The delivery date of September 2021 for Phase 1 is dependent on no delays arising during the planning permission process.