Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (312)

Catherine Martin

Question:

312. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 110 of 13 November 2019, if he has engaged with the Department of Education and Skills to explore the provision of crèche facilities in the development of a permanent school building for two schools (details supplied) in view of the need for childcare places in Goatstown, Dublin 14; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53628/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Department of Health has no role in the provision of crèche places. Questions around such provision should be directed to the Department of Children and Youth affairs.

With regard to the Deputy's reference to a specific site , the Department of Education and Skills has advised the following:

The Department of Education and Skill’s responsibility is to provide sufficient accommodation to meet 20,000 new and replacement school places each year, to ensure that every child has a school place. The site in question has been acquired for school purposes. The Department of Education and Skills does not have any remit for the provision of accommodation for crèche facilities.