Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (295)

Jennifer Whitmore


295. Deputy Jennifer Whitmore asked the Minister for Education the position regarding the securing of a site at a school (details supplied) and existing extension plans; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2333/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The project to which the Deputy refers has been devolved to the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) for delivery as part of a programme of school building projects.

The NDFA is currently undertaking the second phase of the process of appointment of multi-disciplinary technical advisors (design teams) for these projects. Thereafter, it will ensure that the project progresses to design stage, obtains the necessary statutory planning permission, and moves the project onward to tender and construction in due course.

The acquisition of the site adjacent to the school is at a very advanced stage of conveyancing. Once all contractual matters have been finalised the site will be assessed for Architectural Planning. Given the commercial sensitivities associated with land acquisitions generally, I am not in a position to comment further at this time.

As the project is at an early stage in the delivery process, it is not possible at this time to give a date for its completion.

Please be assured that the NDFA is engaging directly with the school authority to keep it informed of progress.